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Utah plans to purge 900 items from liquor inventory; Potentially 'devastating' to consumers

Posted at 6:36 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 20:36:49-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control removes, or “delists,” some of the less profitable items from state-run liquor stores' inventory each month, to make way for new products that might deliver more money.

But in the coming weeks, the DABC will make an unusually large purge, clearing more than 900 labels — or 16% — of its inventory, said purchasing specialist Rob Southworth.

Delisting is part of any ongoing retail process, and liquor brokers and producers say they have no problem with it — as long as the process is fair and truly eliminates the dead weight in the system.

But this upcoming flush cuts deep into the stock of regional and local items, as well as innovative and award-winning bottles from around the globe.

Read the full report from The Salt Lake Tribune here.