NEWS WATCH: FLORIDA ALLOWS DIRECT SHIPPING...COKE BOTTLERS SUE OVER POWERADE TEST

FLORIDA ALLOWS DIRECT SHIPPINGresidents can order wine from out-of-state wineries now that state regulators have said they can no longer ban direct shipments. The state amended its position following federal court decisions throwing out shipping bans in New York, Michigan and Florida. The Wine Institute applauded the ruling in Florida, which it said is the second biggest wine market in the United

FLORIDA ALLOWS DIRECT SHIPPING

residents can order wine from out-of-state wineries now that state regulators have said they can no longer ban direct shipments. The state amended its position following federal court decisions throwing out shipping bans in New York, Michigan and Florida. The Wine Institute applauded the ruling in Florida, which it said is the second biggest wine market in the United States.

COKE BOTTLERS SUE OVER POWERADE TEST

ATLANTA - About 50 small Coke bottlers sued the soda maker and its biggest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises, both based here, to oppose plans to expand a test of a warehouse distribution system of Powerade sports drink to Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart requested the switch from direct store delivery to a warehouse model, which is used by PepsiCo-owned Gatorade. Bottlers worry switching from DSD would force them to consolidate, analysts said.