Michigan officially bans powdered alcohol

Since the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved the distribution and sale of powdered alcohol — or Palcohol— during March of this year, state officials have been moving fast to ban production across the country. Sen. Rick Jones R-Grand Ledge passed Senate Bill 240 this month banning not only the possession, but production and sale […]
Mandatory Labor Law Posting Change in Michigan

Mandatory Labor Law Posting Change in Michigan

Michigan had a recent mandatory change in the MIOSHA posting. The description of the change is below: Safety and Health: The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated their Safety and Health Protection on the Job notice. Employers are now required to notify the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs within 24 hours […]

Powdered alcohol might not debut in Michigan under new bill

Powdered alcohol might not make its debut in Michigan. State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, introduced a bill that could ban the use, possession and distribution of powdered alcohol — or Palcohol — in Michigan. The product was approved by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.“I believe powdered alcohol will lead to […]

Family Christian books bankruptcy: Chain faces scrutiny

Grand Rapids-based national bookstore chain Family Christian faces an uncertain future after its plan to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy collapsed amid questions regarding the interplay between the not-for-profit company and its evangelizing corporate parent. Family Christian – which traces its roots back to its days as a Zondervan brand founded in 1931 – filed for […]

Liquor store closed for selling to minors

GRAND BLANC TWP. – The Grand Blanc Township Police Department reports that The Liquor Carousel, a retail liquor store located at 2372 E. Hill Rd., had their liquor license suspended effective Monday. The store was cited for sale of alcohol to a minor in September of last year, using an undercover decoy. In February they […]

State Liquor Control Commission discusses self-serve beer and wine at bars

If a rule change proposal under consideration by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is approved, bar patrons across the state could soon be helping themselves to their next drink. The proposal, which deals with allowing alcohol-dispensing machines at bars, was recently discussed during a Michigan Liquor Control Commission public hearing. But as bartenders and patrons […]

Township sets licensing fees for smoking lounges

As part of the consent agenda, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted last month to establish an initial non-refundable application fee and a license renewal fee for smsoking lounges operating in the township.   According to the resolution adopted at the Jan. 20 meeting, Chapter 14 of the township’s Code of Ordinances requires that […]

Downtown Madison liquor license applications on the rise in light of moratorium talk

  Six new establishments proposed for downtown Madison have applied for alcohol licenses following Mayor Paul Soglin’s public discussions about the future of the area and the possibility of a moratorium on liquor licenses. The six applicants involve a range of business models, including a chocolate store with wine pairings, a café/restaurant with live music and […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: AFPD to Pick Up Publishing of Quarterly Liquor Price Book

ANNOUNCEMENT: AFPD to Pick Up Publishing of Quarterly Liquor Price Book Beginning in 2015, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/Michigan Liquor Control Commission (LARA/MLCC) will no longer publish a print version of its annual Liquor Price Book. Therefore, AFPD has decided to publish this book and offer it as a member benefit. “We listened to our members […]

Retail Crime Costs Retailers $128 Billion Worldwide Each Year

$42 billion of “shrink” in the United States represents 1.48% of sales Shrink, comprised of shoplifting, employee or supplier fraud and administrative errors, cost the global retail industry more than $128 billion last year, $42 billion in the United States alone, according to the latest Global Retail Theft Barometer study. On average, this loss represents 1.29% […]