Would Privatization Help Large Distillers?
Although large spirits companies say they're neutral on privatization initiatives, it could be a big win for that sector of the business. The issue of privatizing spirits sales in control states, which is currently being explored in at least 4 states, made headlines over the weekend in a Marketwatch article by William Spain and David Kesmodel. The fact that its gaining attention from the mainstream press is news enough, but the article also suggests that privatizing states where the government controls spirits sales would actually benefit large distillers, while hurting brewers and small distillers.
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