Bill would upset alcohol distribution

February 22, 2014

On behalf of Anheuser-Busch, I would like to thank IBJ for its continued coverage of Senate Bill 415. This important issue has been the subject of two articles as well as a hearing conducted in the Senate Public Policy Committee on Jan. 29.

That afternoon, Anheuser-Busch, with fellow members of a broad-based coalition, offered testimony regarding our strong opposition to SB 415. The coalition believes legislative intervention into private party contracts is unnecessary and unfair. It sends an unwelcome message to current businesses and those considering whether to invest in Indiana.

At the heart of this is our “Equity Agreement,” parts of which will be rewritten or nullified by SB 415. This essential agreement has been the foundation for the relationship between Anheuser-Busch and its Indiana wholesalers for decades.

We continue to believe in the three-tier system of alcohol beverage regulation and sustaining our long relationship with our wholesaler partners. That’s why we thank Chairman Ron Alting and the committee for listening to all sides and why we remain committed to resolving the legitimate business concerns of our wholesaler partners outside of the legislative process.
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Kevin Feehan
region vice president of sales, Anheuser-Busch
 

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