Three-Tier System History
FROM PROHIBITION TO THE 21ST CENTURY
In the Three-Tier Model, manufacturers contract with distributors in defined territories to pick-up, warehouse, market, and distribute their products. Distributors in turn are responsible for delivering the product to retail outlets (bars, restaurants, package stores, convenience stores and grocery stores) for sale to consumers. This system allows the State to monitor the movement of all alcoholic beverages which aides in tax collection and quality and safety control. In addition to tax collection, safety and quality control, and because of its independence, the Distribution Tier fosters consumer choice by ensuring equal access to products reaching the marketplace.