The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) was busy enacting some three-tier justice last week, accepting two settlements related to alleged trade violations.
TTB accepted a $350,000 offer in compromise from Stern Beverage, Inc. for allegedly violating the exclusive outlet and tied house trade practice provisions of the FAA Act by requiring a retailer to purchase their products to the exclusion of their competitors and by providing things of value to retailers in exchange for placement of its products. The alleged violation occurred from August 7, 2015, until the compromise was reached.
The TTB also accepted a $450,000 offer in compromise from Carisam for alleged tied-house violations including providing free installations of Heineken “BrewLock” Draft Beer Systems and for making payments to cruise lines on behalf of manufacturers to secure product placement. This one was alleged to have taken place from Jan. 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019.