by Michael Lowrey
As more craft distilleries open, the liquor market is starting to fragment just like the beer market has over the past decade. Some people home that as more distilleries open, it will cause North Carolina to privatize liquor stores. Unfortunately, privatization advocates are likely to be disappointed. Here’s why, in a short quote from a Raleigh News & Observer article.
But [Broadslab Distillery Jeremy] Norris says the state’s growing number of craft distilleries likely wouldn’t back a privatization plan. That’s because the state’s centralized ABC system helps small businesses get their products in stores across North Carolina.
In states with private liquor stores, Norris said, “it’s a lot more work as far as getting widespread business, and the business gets a little more cutthroat.”