Thank you for your interest in our association! The Connecticut Package Stores Association (CPSA) is a association that serves to promote and protect the interests of liquor retailers. We have a long history of defending the rights of package store owners at the state legislature.
Our executive director, staff, and lobbyists are constantly working with the legislature and the Liquor Control Commission to ensure that your interests are protected and that the three-tier system remains strong.
2012 was a pivotal year for the package store industry as the proposal by Governor Malloy could have destroyed package stores for the benefit of grocery stores, liquor manufacturers, and big box stores. That proposal, in which CPSA lobbyists were actively engaged, included language regarding quantity discounting, increasing permits to nine, allowing food stores to own package stores, and repeal of minimum bottle. Retailers will face these issues again and we need to be united and strong to persevere.
Some of the issues, besides the several mentioned above in 2012, are minimum bottle repeal in 2012 and 2013, and the following:
Wine in food stores
Allowing big-box stores to be classified as grocery to allow them to sell beer
Requiring package stores to pay sales tax upfront on liquor, wine, and beer
Required licensing of delivery companies that try to deliver alcohol beverages allowed the sale of industry related promotional clothing items
Required advertising disclosures by out-of-state retailers
Allowed the sale of multiple packages of liquor products and obtained stronger penalties for minors who attempt to purchase alcohol
Allowed the net price of spirits to be advertised with a manufacturer's rebate included
Lobbied successfully for an increase in the penalty for minors who attempt to purchase alcohol
Defeated an amendment allowing grocery store owners unlimited ability to be owners of package store permits
Testified successfully to defeat the applications of Costco Wholesale Corporation for grocery beer permits
Testified successfully to protect the “Backer Information” provision on store permit applications
CPSA provides its members with:
Email updates/electronic newsletters on legislative and regulatory issues, American Beverage Licencees (ABL) (news updates requires registration at "ablusa.org"), ABL insider hard copy membership magazine, and CPSA newsletter updates in the Beverage Journal
Membership in ABL (American Beverage Licensees), our national association in Washington D.C for retailer interests
Answers to all of your industry based questions
Competitive rates through or partneship with Purepayments (see Partneship page). Purepayments will meet or beat your current credit and debit card processing rates. This is only available to members.
Basic legal support for industry issues
Representation at Liquor Control. As an example with the newly passed 2013 law allowing for 10 bottles at tastings there were lots of new quesitons on who could pour the product. Because of our advocacy this issue was remedied.
These are among the many advantageous services that CPSA can offer you. CPSA is instrumental in halting legislation that would threaten liquor stores in Connecticut. We need you as a member to stay strong as an organization. Membership dues for package stores are $350 per year. Please fill out the application and return it to our office with payment. No one of us is as strong as all of us!