A battle brewing in Missouri courtrooms and in Jefferson City could reshape the way wine and spirits are distributed in the state.
The country’s largest liquor suppliers have filed suits in recent months to end deals with local distributors. The most recent suit was filed last week, pitting St. Louis-based wine distributor Garco Wine Co. against Constellation Brands of Victor, N.Y..
While the litigation unfolds, Missouri lawmakers are renewing efforts to change state liquor laws to help local distributors, a year after similar legislation was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.