September 21, 2014

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Bill modifying alcohol prices for food makers passes in House

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 73, which would allow non-beverage food manufacturers to purchase alcohol wholesale rather than in individual containers.

State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, introduced the bill to help businesses such as Custom Culinary, an Illinois-based company with a small manufacturing operation in Avon, that produces sauces, gravies and other products whose recipes use liquor, beer and wine. Opened in 2005, the Avon operation employs 22 full-time and six part-time workers.

“I am grateful to have received the support of my colleagues in the Ohio House in passing this bill, as this common-sense approach to these types of regulations will make our state more attractive for Custom Culinary and similar companies looking to locate or expand in Ohio,” Manning said in a statement.

Currently, firms are required to buy beer and other spirits at retail prices in the same-sized containers sold to the public. Those retail prices are marked up considerably over wholesale prices.

By allowing food-processing companies to buy alcoholic beverages for recipes in bulk, they would save not only for the price of the beverages, but for reduced labor costs since workers at such facilities could arguably empty a barrel of beer into a vat or other large container instead of having to pour contents of individual bottles of beer into such containers, a spokeswoman for Custom Culinary has said.

Senate Bill 73 was approved by the Ohio Senate in March, and it now awaits the governor’s signature.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at 329-7144 or kbushinski@chroniclet.com.