SALT LAKE CITY — Retailers in Utah are worried that some big name brands of beer could start disappearing from store shelves over the next month or so.
According to a report from Fox13Now, as of Oct. 1, Oklahoma has ditched 3.2 beer.
“They were the lion’s share of the 3.2 beer volume in the country. They represented 60-percent of the 3.2 volume in the country,” said Dave Davis, the president of the Utah Retail Merchants Association, which represents more than 3,000 grocery and convenience stores across the state.
Next year, Kansas and Colorado will move toward selling heavier brews, leaving Utah as one of the last remaining states to sell 3.2 percent alcohol by weight beer.
“Once the changes take effect, Utah will be the largest consumer of 3.2% ABW beer, and 3.2% ABW beer will make up only 0.5% of the entire beer sales in the United States,” said a letter sent by Anheuser-Busch to Utah beer wholesalers and first reported on by FOX 13 last year.
Davis said national brewers like Anheuser-Busch have indicated to Utah retailers they will begin producing less of the product, which will affect what consumers see on store shelves. Davis told Fox13 it could be as much as a 40 percent drop in product.
“Your favorite brand may disappear altogether,” he said. “Or it may go to being available in both a six pack, a 24-pack and a 36-pack and now it’s only available in a 24-pack.”
Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has said it cannot handle an increased customer load if 3.2 beer starts disappearing. Kate Bradshaw, who is heading up the newly formed Utah Alcohol Coalition to lobby for businesses on the issue, also raised concerns that sending people to state-run liquor stores could prompt people to buy even stronger spirits and creating a bigger public safety concern.
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Written by BEN WINSLOW, Fox13Now.com.
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