business news in context, analysis with attitude

The Providence Journal reports that the Massachusetts Food Association (MFA) is deep into a campaign to convince state voters to approve a ballot item that would allow for the sale of wine in supermarkets, something that has been fought for unsuccessfully for more than 20 years.

Package store owners, however, continue to suggest in public forums that such a move would encourage underage drinking.

MFA’s response, according to the paper, is that “the vast majority of underage drinkers are not interested in wine, Massachusetts grocery stores that already sell alcohol do an excellent job of preventing sales to minors, and the 35 states that allow grocery stores to sell wine actually log 17-percent fewer violations for underage drinking.”
KC's View: