UPDATE ON HALF-MILE RULE

By Auday Arabo // MIRA 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…

Food Industry Helping to Fuel Michigan’s Economy

January 25, 2017 – Food retail stores are often the anchors of commerce in urban and rural communities across the state. The Midwest Independent Retailers Association (MIRA) commissioned a study by Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) to better understand the industry’s contribution to the state’s economy.  Michigan’s food retail industry…