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Bottle bill rules will hurt market

We are disappointed with the lifting of the injunction on the expanded bottle bill provisions. U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts’ decision to implement the terms of expansion as described in the governor’s budget will create nothing short of chaos in the marketplace.

Summer is the beer industry’s busiest season and the rainy July has already hurt sales. Product in the marketplace has only been priced to meet the costs of the existing bottle bill. Immediately seizing 80 percent of the unredeemed deposits and increasing the handling fee by 75 percent will result in drastic price increases to consumers and devastating losses to wholesalers — potentially forcing some to go out of business.

Our association asks the governor to contemplate a gradual implementation of the various and costly measures of expansion in order for the marketplace to adjust. This would reap less havoc and ensure that established businesses are able to remain viable entities and New York residents’ budgets are not negatively affected.

Steven W. Harris

President

New York State Beer Wholesalers Association

Albany, N.Y.

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