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Beer importer stuck with ‘pay-to-play’ distributor (MA)

Photo courtesy Boston Globe

Photo courtesy Boston Globe

“Craft Brewers Guild said in a statement that it sought the order to provide its retail customers with a “fair flow” of Shelton Brothers products until the case is resolved. The distributor also slammed Shelton Brothers for its history of suing other beer companies and challenging liquor laws.

Shelton Brothers principal Dan Shelton said in a statement that his company was simply following the procedure laid out by the franchise law and that he expected the process to end with the ABCC “reiterating the findings it has already made regarding [Craft Brewers Guild’s] preferential and illegal treatment of larger, wealthier suppliers.””

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Beer importer stuck with ‘pay-to-play’ distributor