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Petition for halting exclusive territories sought in Missouri.

At a recent news conference in St. Louis and Jefferson City, MO, a group called "Citizens for Consumer Protection and Fair Competition" said it hopes to put an end to the exclusive territories of the state's beer wholesalers.

During the conference, the group said a petition drive was underway to put such referendum on November's ballot. One tavern owner in south St. Louis told the St. Louis Post-dispatch that passing this initiative will result in fair competition and lower beer prices."

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.'s vice president, Steven Lambright, disagreed, however, saying that the current system is the best method "do deliver fresh, high-quality products to the marketplace at competitive and fair prices." Soft drinks, appliances and newspapers are all distributed in this manner, Lambright added. J.D. Bracher, owner of another St. Louis bar said he is "at the mercy of my local beer distributor both in terms of the cost of the beer I buy and the service I get... It is a real trap for small business owners like me who depend on beer sales for their living. In order to get its petition on November's ballot, the group must move quickly because the collection of 75,000 to 100,000 signatures can't begin until the attorney general and secretary of state make their approval. They have 30 days to make their approval, and if the full time is taken, the group has 10 days to gather enough signatures by deadline.
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Title Annotation:Citizens for Consumer Protection and Fair Competition; beer wholesalers
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Jun 8, 1992
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