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The Liquor Monopoly Needs to Stop! It Isn't American!

Sep 2, 2014
Article #255
Author: Mel Jones

This nation was founded on the principals of fair dealings and competition, but what most Americans don't know is that the liquor industry is a legalized monopoly where the consumers are forced to pay higher prices for their drinks because the Washington establishment and the local state governments have created legal monopolies for their crony friends and wealthy families who long ago bought the distribution rights to certain brands and territories, and often by illegal actions and bribes to public officials. 

What this means is a restaurant owner can only buy Budweiser or Coors from one distributor or a certain Vodka or Gin from another distributor. The restaurant owner is not allowed to go to the local Costco or Liquor Barn to buy their beer, wine or spirits otherwise they risk losing their license. So when there is no competition, the distributors have no incentive to lower prices and it becomes a take it or leave it situaiton. The prices as well as the profits are set at the corporate office at the large liquor manufacturing companies, without regard to competition.

How can this be good for Americans?

No one ever talks about this monopoly fully supported by our politicians, why? Because a number of those politicians are owners in distributorships worth perhaps billions of dollars. Senator John McCain's wife inherited one of the largest beer distributorships in the nation from her father.

Jesse Jackson has been known to shake-down companies in order to get distribution rights.

The Kennedy and Bronfman families made their billion dollar fortunes breaking the prohibition laws, amoung other laws. And I could go on, but you get the picture.  Educating the public is critical to changing this monopoly that our corrupt politicians hide from us.



Mel Jones is one of the premier restaurant brokers in the nation having published hundreds of articles on buying and selling a restaurant and bar business, selling thousands of restaurants in CA., WA and AZ and building one of the most copied business models in the brokerage industry.  Mel started SellingRestaurants in 2004 with the one simple concept, give the buyers the information they need to make intelligent buying decisions without being pestered by a broker or hiding information, prepare the business for market by researching key details that make or break deals and educate the buyer on the buying process to create an intelligent buyer.  Prior to SellingRestaurants, Mel was a Chief Financial Officer for Universal Music Group, the largest music company in the world.  There he participated in more than $11.5 billion of merger and acquisition transactions.  He also work for top companies such as Nestle Foods, USA. He hold a Bachelors in Business Administration Finance as well as attened Law School at Gonzaga University.  Give Mel a call at 480.274.7000 or e-mail him at [email protected] if you have any questions. 


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