Archive for August, 2008

New store photo

August 27, 2008

We’ve added a photo of a Texas Whole Foods store that sells wine. Check it out and the list of states that we still need. Thanks to all our contributors.

Photos of wine in retail food stores

It’s really simple

August 26, 2008

Consumers always win when businesses compete.

Who could ever have a problem with lower prices, better service, innovation, and/or higher quality?

Stopteendrinkingtn.org and the FTC

August 19, 2008

We’ve had our issues and differences of opinion with the folks at stopteendrinkingtn.org during the General Assembly session.

Given some time to reflect, that really hasn’t changed.

The website claims to be “an outgrowth of the national We Don’t Serve Teens program, an effort of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).” Its petition asks visitors to register their disapproval of direct shipping of alcohol and the sale of wine in retail food stores.

Here’s the rub: the FTC supports the direct shipment of wine. FTC representatives even testified to Congress in 2003 about the benefits to e-commerce and the lack of evidence about the public safety risks.

The FTC’s We Don’t Serve Teens website makes a number of positive recommendations about preventing teens’ access to alcohol. None have anything to do with marketplace restrictions or protectionism.

So, decide for yourself why stopteendrinkingtn.org would feel it necessary to invoke the FTC’s name.

In the meantime, Red White & Food will continue to be upfront and transparent. Our goal is to give customers the choice and convenience of buying wine in retail food stores. We believe consumers always benefit from more choice and market competition. Red White & Food is supported by the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association.

Red White & Food’s goals seem perfectly aligned with FTC’s own mission. We’ll conclude this week’s post with some material directly from the FTC’s website:

Competition in America is about price, selection, and service. It benefits consumers by keeping prices low and the quality and choice of goods and services high. Competition makes our economy work.

The supposed competitive imbalance

August 12, 2008

Liquor and wine retailers argue that more competition will destroy their businesses. That’s interesting, because the Green Hills neighborhood in Nashville seems to refute everything they fear about competing stores and/or lack of market.

There are three liquor stores in the retail area of Green Hills:

  1. Bud’s Discount Wine and Liquors
  2. The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills
  3. yn in the Hill Center (which opened less than a year ago)

See the map for yourself.

Bud’s and The Wine Shoppe are almost in the same block on Abbott Martin. The newly opened yn is no more than .3 miles from the other two stores. That’s less than one mile to complete a round trip to three liquor stores.

Let’s review. It’s OK for liquor stores to open multiple locations within walking distance of another. But if retail food stores are allowed to sell wine, then liquor and wine retailers face an uncertain and bleak future because the competition would be too great or because the market is too small.

Scientists talk about the exception that disproves the rule. Green Hills is that exception to the retailers’ arguments.

Photos of wine in retail food stores

August 6, 2008

We asked Red White and Food members to send us photos of wine selections at retail food stores across the country. Our goal is to collect a picture from every state (33 in all) and the District of Columbia.

We now have three four submissions.

Here is the list of places where you can buy wine in retail food stores. Please send us a picture if you are visiting one of these states any time soon.

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Connecticut
  5. Florida
  6. Georgia
  7. Hawaii
  8. Idaho
  9. Illinois
  10. Indiana
  11. Iowa
  12. Louisiana
  13. Maine
  14. Maryland
  15. Michigan
  16. Missouri
  17. Montana
  18. Nebraska
  19. Nevada
  20. New Hampshire
  21. New Jersey
  22. New Mexico
  23. North Carolina
  24. Ohio
  25. Oregon
  26. South Carolina
  27. South Dakota
  28. Texas
  29. Vermont
  30. Virginia
  31. Washington
  32. West Virginia
  33. Wisconsin
  34. District of Columbia

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