2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 33 - INTOXICATING LIQUORS
Section 33:1-93.20 - Justification for input by brewer into operations of wholesaler; conditions, terms.
33:1-93.20 Justification for input by brewer into operations of wholesaler; conditions, terms.
9.The Legislature finds that where a brewer's products represent more than 20% of a wholesaler's gross sales and the brewer and wholesaler have a community of interest in the marketing of the brewer's products, there is a justification for certain input by the brewer into the operations of the wholesaler, but that such input from numerous brewers representing smaller percentages of a wholesaler's gross sales might subject wholesalers to inconsistent obligations, create uncertainty as to those obligations, and interfere unreasonably with the wholesaler's ability to operate its business. Accordingly, consistent with the legislatively declared public policy of this State in section 4 of P.L.1985, c.258 (C.33:1-3.1), the use of the following terms in any agreement or contract, including agreements or contracts existing on the effective date of this act, between manufacturers of malt alcoholic beverages and wholesalers, shall not be construed to grant such manufacturer or wholesaler an interest in another manufacturer or wholesaler under the relevant provisions of Title 33 of the Revised Statutes or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder provided that the brewer's products represent more than 20% of the wholesaler's gross sales and the brewer and wholesaler have a community of interest in the marketing of the brewer's products:
a.Terms providing brewers the ability to give reasonable consent to wholesaler ownership and management changes, including successor management;
b.Terms setting forth quality, operational, marketing and sales standards designed to properly represent the products, brands, reputation and trade name of the brewer, in the territory and at retail, including terms under which a wholesaler commits to provide certain efforts and resources toward a brewer's products;
c.Terms concerning ordering and inventory methods with respect to the brewer's products; and
d.Terms requiring wholesalers to provide financial information to a brewer related to sales and operations of the brewer's products, and reasonable aggregated financial information related to the sales and operations of all other malt alcoholic beverage products distributed by the wholesaler.
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