A written agreement is required and a copy must be filed with the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. A supplier may not have more than one (1) wholesaler for all or part of any particular designated territory. Territories may not be smaller than one (1) county. Termination or alteration of a franchise agreement, other than by mutual agreement of the parties, must be for “reasonable cause.” No supplier or wholesaler may modify or terminate a franchise unless prior written notice has been filed with the Director a minimum of thirty (30) days before the modification or termination. If the franchise is being altered, the notice must be accompanied by a map outlining the affected territory. Any notice[…]

No statutory or regulatory provisions for wine or distilled spirits. However, there is a beer franchise law, and it provides that any beer supplier that unreasonably withholds consent, or unreasonably denies approval of a sale, transfer or assignment of any ownership interest in a beer wholesaler’s business, will be liable for damages to the beer wholesaler. Recoverable damages under this section shall not exceed compensatory damages sustained by the wholesaler and its costs relating to the suit. Fair market value of a beer wholesaler’s business shall include, but is not limited to, any goodwill. If the beer wholesaler was paid consideration by a successor wholesaler for the sale, transfer or assignment of the wholesaler’s interest in the sale or distribution[…]

The franchise laws covering wine and mixed drink suppliers and manufacturers, and those covering beer and malt beverage suppliers and manufacturers, are extremely lengthy and restrictive. The following is an overview only and by no means should be construed to be a comprehensive recap of the Michigan franchise law, which is quite lengthy and detailed. The law should be carefully reviewed in its entirety and legal counsel be consulted before taking any action to appoint, terminate or change the terms of any existing agreement with a wholesaler, written or verbal.  Relevant provisions are located in various places in the Michigan code. Note: The franchise laws apply to master distributors as well as to brewers, winemakers, and outstate sellers of wine,[…]

Manufacturers, and non-resident sellers are allowed to sell brands of alcoholic beverages to every licensed wine and spirits wholesaler who desires to purchase the same, but are no longer required to sell to all wholesalers. Suppliers have the option of designating all their brands or specific brands to a designated wholesaler for exclusive distribution in the state (“designated products”). Non-designated products can be available to other wholesalers (non-designated wholesalers). If supplier chooses to sell a brand to multiple wholesalers, it must do so on the same price basis and without discrimination or inducements. [OK Law, Title 37A, Chapter 3, Section 3-116 and Chapter 1, Section 1-103; OK Regulations, Title 45, Chapter 30, Subchapter 3, Section 45:30-3-1.] Effective August 30, 2019,[…]

10.1 Wine and Distilled Spirits Any manufacturer or non-resident dealer desiring to change wholesalers must provide at least thirty (30) days’ written notice via certified or registered mail to the affected wholesaler(s) and the Comptroller of Maryland, Field Enforcement Division, Regulatory & Licensing Section. Similarly, a wholesaler who no longer wishes to carry a brand of wine or distilled spirits must give thirty (30) days written notice via certified or registered mail to the manufacturer or non-resident dealer, with a copy to the Regulatory & Licensing Section. Written notification must be submitted to the Comptroller of Maryland, Field Enforcement Division, Regulatory & Licensing Section on company letterhead with an authorized signature, and must include the following: Full corporate name of[…]

Designation of each wholesaler’s territory is part of the label registration requirement described in Section 3, Label/Product Registration, of this Digest. Only one licensed wholesaler may be designated for a particular area, and only one wholesaler will be approved by the Department of Revenue. Such designation may not be changed except for “just cause.” The Department will determine whether or not just cause exists after a hearing. Any manufacturer wishing either to change wholesalers with respect to any brand or to change the territory of a previously designated wholesaler must file a Notice of Intent with the Director containing the following information, as applicable: Listing of the brand(s) involved. Case volume in Georgia for each brand for the current year[…]

10.1 Wine A written agreement between the supplier and its table wine wholesalers is required. Such agreements must provide for the following: Written notice of termination at least sixty (60) days in advance of any anticipated termination date. The reason(s) for termination must be included, and may be based on a deficiency or other good cause. However, a supplier may terminate immediately without notice in the case of insolvency, assignment for the benefit of creditors, bankruptcy or license revocation or suspension on the part of the wholesaler. Notice is void if the wholesaler rectified any stated deficiencies within the sixty (60) day period, and if the deficiency was not stated as reason for termination in a previously voided sixty (60)[…]

No statutory or regulatory provisions pertaining to suppliers noted. However, before a Wisconsin wholesaler can sell any intoxicating liquor in Wisconsin, it must file a written statement with the Department of Revenue stating that it is a distributor of a particular brand in all or a specified part of the state and that its sales of that brand will be limited to the area specified. The Department must be notified of any changes within seven (7) days of the date of the change. Although there is nothing in the Wisconsin regulations or statutes referring to a Franchise Act, Chapter 135 of the Wisconsin Statutes a set of statutes entitled the “Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law.” The law contains important exceptions, described[…]

The requirements below pertain to beer and wine. A “franchise” or “agreement” is defined as a commercial relationship between a wholesaler and a supplier of definite or indefinite duration, which may or may not be written and which has been in existence for at least one (1) year. Territories may not be assigned to more than one (1) wholesaler for the same product. No supplier may fail to deliver beer or wine to a wholesaler promptly after the receipt of its order when the product is available for immediate sale. If the supplier believes in good faith that it does not have a sufficient inventory of the ordered product to satisfy the demand of its customers, it shall allocate the[…]

10.1. Wholesaler Registration Requirements The Illinois Liquor Control Commission requires each supplier to file a list of all wholesalers who are authorized to carry the supplier’s brands, indicating the geographical area for which the right to sell is granted. The list must be on the form specified by the Commission, and must specify the brands, geographical area, and the period of time for which distribution rights are granted. A copy of this registration must be sent to all distributors listed on it via certified or registered mail. (See note below) A Notice of Withdrawal of Registration must be filed whenever a supplier wishes to withdraw a brand from a designated wholesaler. This document also must be sent to the affected[…]