Note: This section summarizes the temporary changes implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic that are of interest to interstate suppliers. The following regulatory relief measures have been announced by the Ohio Liquor Control Division: 17.7.1 Curbside Sales and Delivery Restaurants in Ohio were closed to on-premises consumption March 15, 2020. Liquor stores have remained open. Permit holders may sell beer, wine, and prepackaged mixed beverages in their original sealed containers for off-premises consumption in accordance with the privileges granted under their permit. They may also sell and deliver beer, wine, mixed beverages or spirituous liquor by the individual drink for off-premises consumption, as described below. Only state Contract Liquor Agencies have the ability to sell high-proof spirituous liquor in their[…]

Permitted. Alcoholic beverages may not be given away with the purchase of other merchandise or any other thing of value. However, an alcoholic beverage may be packaged with a nonalcoholic item without increasing the price of the alcoholic beverage. The Ohio Division of Liquor Control does not dictate what a supplier may add to a combination package; however, they discourage the addition of food products because unlike alcoholic beverages, foods have a limited shelf life. [OH Regulations, Chapter 4301:1-1, Sections 4301:1-1-43(B)(6) and 4301:1-1-46(D); written advice from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, September 12, 2019.] Price posting is not required. However, pricing for combination packages must be included on a quarterly price schedule maintained and furnished to all “A-1-A,” “B-2”[…]

Wines, malt beverages, cider, and distilled spirits mixed beverages with an alcohol content of not more than 21% ABV are sold through the private sector (wholesalers).

17.4.1 By Wholesalers No manufacturer or supplier shall accept the return of or repurchase any alcoholic beverage from an Ohio wholesaler, except for the following reasons: A supplier may replace product (but is not required to) with the same or similar product when the containers or labels have deteriorated or been damaged, or when a package or product is being discontinued by the manufacturer. Any alcoholic beverages being replaced must be replaced with product of comparable value. When the product itself has deteriorated, it may be replaced with the same or similar product. When the product is delivered in error it may be picked up within seven (7) days (not including Saturday or Sunday) of the date of delivery. 17.4.2[…]

16.10.1 Athletic Events or Tournaments Suppliers of wine, malt beverages, mixed drinks and distilled spirits may sponsor athletic events or tournaments, provided that none of the participants are minors. In addition, suppliers may be a sponsor of an athletic event or tournament conducted by a charitable organization that is not a permit holder (other than a temporary permit) and which has received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stating that the organization is exempt from federal income taxation pursuant to subsection 501(a) and described in subsection 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Suppliers also may sponsor non-athletic events conducted by non-profit or charitable organizations that do not hold a permit other than a temporary permit. Suppliers may sponsor events,[…]

15.16.1 Entertainment of Retailers A supplier or wholesaler may provide a retail licensee or its agents or employees with food, beverages, and/or recreational activities, under the following guidelines: The food and beverages are provided during a business meeting with the retail licensee or its employees or agents. Recreational activities may be provided as long as the supplier or wholesaler, or their employees or agents, providing and paying for the recreational activities are present and participating in the activities. “Recreational activities” are defined as including, but not necessarily limited to, sporting events, concerts and theatrical performances. [OH Law, Title XLII, Chapter 4301, Section 4301.242.]

Wholesalers may not stock shelves or coolers or rotate merchandise on shelves or coolers, except that rotation of the wholesaler’s own merchandise shall be allowed when the sole purpose is to assure freshness of the product for the public, provided other wholesalers’ products are not altered or disturbed. Any permittee initiating a store set-up must give notice in writing of the date and time of the set or reset to all Class “A” and/or “B” permittees supplying product to the retail licensee. Notice must be given a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the set or reset. Any permittee initiating a store set or reset must give notice in writing of the date, time and name of their[…]