Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 311
Liquor Control Law

August 28, 2016
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Wholesale price regulation, discrimination prohibited--delivery to certain organizations for nonresale purposes, allowed when--donation permitted, when.

311.332. 1. It shall be unlawful for any wholesaler licensed to sell intoxicating liquor and wine containing alcohol in excess of five percent by weight to persons duly licensed to sell such intoxicating liquor and wine at retail, to discriminate between retailers or in favor of or against any retailer or group of retailers, directly or indirectly, in price, in discounts for time of payment, or in discounts on quantity of merchandise sold, or to grant directly or indirectly any discount, rebate, free goods, allowance or other inducement, excepting a discount not in excess of one percent for quantity of liquor and wine, and a discount not in excess of one percent for payment on or before a certain date. The delivery of manufacturer rebate coupons by wholesalers to retailers shall not be a violation of this subsection.

2. Manufacturers or wholesalers shall be permitted to donate or deliver or cause to be delivered beer, wine, or brandy for nonresale purposes to any unlicensed person or any licensed retail dealer who is a charitable or religious organization as defined in section 313.005 or educational institution, at any location or licensed premises, provided, such beer, wine, or brandy is unrelated to the organization's or institution's licensed retail operation. A charge for admission to an event or activity at which beer, wine, or brandy is available without separate charge shall not constitute resale for the purposes of this subsection. Wine used in religious ceremonies may be sold by wholesalers to a religious organization as defined in section 313.005. Any manufacturer or wholesaler providing nonresale items shall keep a record of any deliveries made pursuant to this subsection.

3. Manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and unlicensed persons may donate wine in the original package to a charitable or religious organization as defined in section 313.005 or educational institution for the sole purpose of being auctioned by the organization or institution for fund-raising purposes, provided the auction takes place on a retail-licensed premises and all proceeds from the sale go into a fund of an organization or institution that is unrelated to any licensed retail operation.

(L. 1955 p. 40 § 311.331, A.L. 1985 H.B. 166, A.L. 1986 S.B. 444, A.L. 1987 H.B. 62 & 70, A.L. 1995 S.B. 43, A.L. 1997 H.B. 63, A.L. 2005 S.B. 262, A.L. 2009 H.B. 132)




2005

311.332. 1. Except as provided in subsections 2 and 3 of this section, it shall be unlawful for any wholesaler licensed to sell intoxicating liquor and wine containing alcohol in excess of five percent by weight to persons duly licensed to sell such intoxicating liquor and wine at retail, to discriminate between retailers or in favor of or against any retailer or group of retailers, directly or indirectly, in price, in discounts for time of payment, or in discounts on quantity of merchandise sold, or to grant directly or indirectly any discount, rebate, free goods, allowance or other inducement, excepting a discount not in excess of one percent for quantity of liquor and wine, and a discount not in excess of one percent for payment on or before a certain date. The delivery of manufacturer rebate coupons by wholesalers to retailers shall not be a violation of this subsection.

2. Except as provided in subsection 3 of this section, any wholesaler licensed to sell intoxicating liquor and wine containing alcohol in excess of five percent by weight to persons duly licensed to sell such intoxicating liquor and wine at retail may offer a price reduction of not more than four percent of the wholesaler's price schedule for any brand, age, proof, and size bottle or package. Such price reduction shall apply for a thirty-day period, shall not be offered by any wholesaler more than three times in any calendar year, and shall not be offered during successive months.

3. Any wholesaler licensed to sell intoxicating liquor and wine containing alcohol in excess of five percent by weight to persons duly licensed to sell such intoxicating liquor and wine at retail may offer a price reduction of more than four percent of the scheduled price on close-out merchandise. "Close-out merchandise" is any item which has been in the wholesaler's inventory for more than six months. The price of close-out merchandise may be decreased, but shall not be increased, monthly for up to and including twelve consecutive months. A wholesaler shall not purchase any item of intoxicating liquor or wine of the same year and vintage the wholesaler has classified as close-out merchandise during the period of such classification. A wholesaler shall not purchase, sell, or offer to sell any item of intoxicating liquor or wine of the same year and vintage the wholesaler has classified as close-out merchandise until twenty-four months have elapsed since the wholesaler's last offer to sell the item as close-out merchandise.

4. Manufacturers or wholesalers shall be permitted to donate or deliver or cause to be delivered beer, wine, brandy, or nonintoxicating beer for nonresale purposes to any unlicensed person or any licensed retail dealer who is a charitable or religious organization as defined in section 313.005, RSMo, or educational institution, at any location or licensed premises, provided, such beer, wine, brandy, or nonintoxicating beer is unrelated to the organization's or institution's licensed retail operation. A charge for admission to an event or activity at which beer, wine, brandy, or nonintoxicating beer is available without separate charge shall not constitute resale for the purposes of this subsection. Wine used in religious ceremonies may be sold by wholesalers to a religious organization as defined in section 313.005, RSMo. Any manufacturer or wholesaler providing nonresale items shall keep a record of any deliveries made pursuant to this subsection.

5. Manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and unlicensed persons may donate wine in the original package to a charitable or religious organization as defined in section 313.005, RSMo, or educational institution for the sole purpose of being auctioned by the organization or institution for fund-raising purposes, provided the auction takes place on a retail-licensed premises and all proceeds from the sale go into a fund of an organization or institution that is unrelated to any licensed retail operation.



1997

311.332. 1. Except as provided in subsections 2 and 3 of this section, it shall be unlawful for any wholesaler licensed to sell intoxicating liquor and wine containing alcohol in excess of five percent by weight to persons duly licensed to sell such intoxicating liquor and wine at retail, to discriminate between retailers or in favor of or against any retailer or group of retailers, directly or indirectly, in price, in discounts for time of payment, or in discounts on quantity of merchandise sold, or to grant directly or indirectly, any discount, rebate, free goods, allowance or other inducement, excepting a discount not in excess of one percent for quantity of liquor and wine, and a discount not in excess of one percent for payment on or before a certain date. The delivery of manufacturer rebate coupons by wholesalers to retailers shall not be a violation of this subsection.

2. Except as provided in subsection 3 of this section, any wholesaler licensed to sell intoxicating liquor and wine containing alcohol in excess of five percent by weight to persons duly licensed to sell such intoxicating liquor and wine at retail may offer a price reduction of not more than four percent of his price schedule for any brand, age, proof, and size bottle or package. Such price reduction shall apply for a thirty-day period, shall not be offered by any wholesaler more than three times in any calendar year, and shall not be offered during successive months.

3. Any wholesaler licensed to sell intoxicating liquor and wine containing alcohol in excess of five percent by weight to persons duly licensed to sell such intoxicating liquor and wine at retail may offer a price reduction of more than four percent of the scheduled price on close- out merchandise. "Close-out merchandise" is any item which has been in the wholesaler's inventory for more than six months. The price of close out merchandise may be decreased, but shall not be increased, monthly for up to and including twelve consecutive months. A wholesaler shall not purchase any item of intoxicating liquor or wine of the same year and vintage he has classified as close-out merchandise during the period of such classification. A wholesaler shall not purchase, sell, or offer to sell any item of intoxicating liquor or wine of the same year and vintage he has classified as close-out merchandise until twenty-four months have elapsed since the wholesaler's last offer to sell the item as close-out merchandise.

4. Manufacturers or wholesalers shall be permitted to deliver or cause to be delivered beer, wine or nonintoxicating beer for nonresale purposes to any unlicensed person or any licensed retail dealer who is a charitable or religious organization as defined in section 313.005, RSMo, or educational institution, at any location or licensed premises, provided, such beer, wine or nonintoxicating beer is unrelated to the organization's or institution's licensed retail operation. Wine used in religious ceremonies may be sold by wholesalers to a religious organization as defined in section 313.005, RSMo. Any manufacturer or wholesaler providing nonresale items shall keep a record of any deliveries made pursuant to this subsection.



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