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Virginia ABC Levies Fines to Distributor, Importer

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The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority has issued the largest fine in its history — $51,300 — to Johnson Brothers Liquor Company, a beer, wine and spirits wholesalers,and Nestor Imports, which operates under the name Riverside Imports, according to a press release on the ABC website.

Johnson Brothers, a Minnesota-based wholesaler that operates in 24 states, was charged with “selling beer and wine in an unauthorized manner, and failing to comply with requirements involving warehouse and inventory procedures.” The latter charge stems from a 2018 state law that requires all beer and wine sold to retailers to “come to rest” for four hours at a wholesaler’s warehouse before passing to the retail tier.

Johnson Brothers’ failure to comply with the new law was discovered during ABC investigations between last October and June.

Both Johnson Brothers and Riverside will serve year-long probationary periods.

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