Growlers at Retail Food Establishments  

A new regulation has been passed into law allowing the use and marketing of “Growlers” within retail food establishments. Under Public Act 514 of 2016, qualified retailers may now provide on-site filling of growlers. “Growler” means any clean, refillable, resealable container that is exclusively intended, and used only, for the sale of beer for consumption…

UPDATE ON HALF-MILE RULE

By Auday Arabo // AFPD President & CEO For over 40 years Michigan has had what is commonly referred to as the half mile rule. As you know, this rule, with a few exceptions, prohibits another store within a half mile of you from selling liquor if you already do. Is the half mile rule…

Information on New Third Party Facilitator Service License and Direct Shipping of Wine by Specially Designated Merchant Licensees

Public Act 520 of 2016 amended MCL 436.1203 to create a new Third Party Facilitator Service license and to allow Specially Designated Merchant (SDM) licensees to ship wine directly to consumers. These changes become effective March 29, 2017 Third Party Facilitator Service License Specially Designated Merchant (SDM) or Specially Designated Distributor (SDD) licensees may use…

MDARD’s 2017 Goal to Support Retailers: Use New Data Management Capabilities to Reduce Foodborne Illness

By Kevin Besey, Director // MDARD Food and Dairy Division Preventing foodborne illness at retail food establishments requires the consistent use of a series of coordinated food safety measures as outlined in the federal Food Code and Michigan Food Law. MDARD’s new data management capabilities implemented over the past year allow us to better use regulatory…