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Senate Bill 688 amends the state’s Liquor Code and passed by a narrow margin of 26-24.

Ready-to-drink cocktail legislation in Pennsylvania takes an important step

Bill passes Senate and will allow grocers who already sell beer and wine to offer the product

Legislation that would allow retailers in Pennsylvania to sell ready-to-drink cocktails got a step closer to the governor’s desk, reports CBS affiliate WTAJ.

Senate Bill 688 amends the state’s Liquor Code and passed by a narrow margin of 26-24. 

The bill would permit low alcohol-by-volume spirits and ready-to-drink cocktails to be sold at locations that already sell beer and wine. 

According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, 86% of consumers support greater access to products like ready-to-drink cocktails where they already shop, like grocery and convenience stores where beer and wine is already available. 

Sandy Deloney, senior vice president of state government relations with the Council, said the bill was a great first step in providing increased consumer convenience in Pennsylvania. He also said it will create retail opportunities for consumers.

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