NEWS EDITION: Aldi plans to start selling beer in area stores

Amid a national retail trend of alcohol sales increasing, Aldi wants to start selling beer in Western New York.The Germany-based discount supermarket chain filed this month 21 applications with the New York State Liquor Authority to add retail beer sales.
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Aldi plans to start selling beer in Buffalo area stores

“Amid a national retail trend of alcohol sales increasing, Aldi wants to start selling beer in Western New York.The Germany-based discount supermarket chain filed this month 21 applications with the New York State Liquor Authority to add retail beer sales.

“Regarding beer sales, we’re excited to share that we’re tracking to begin rollout as early as this fall,” said Aaron Sumida, division vice president, in an email response to Business First.”

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More Than Six in 10 Americans Drink Alcohol

“The 62% of Americans who currently report that they drink alcohol is in line with Gallup’s 63% average dating back to 1939.

Majorities of Americans have said they had “occasion to use alcoholic beverages such as liquor, wine or beer” over the more than eight decades Gallup has tracked this measure. However, higher readings, peaking at 71%, were recorded between 1974 and 1981.”

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What It’s Like to Live in a Dry Town

“We generally talk about Prohibition as a thing of the past, something that ended on Repeal Day in 1933. But anyone who deals with the problems of America’s drinks industry—from the archaic patchwork of existing laws to the inability of domestic wineries to ship direct to consumers in many states to the woeful three-tiered system controlled by mafia-like distributors—knows that the legacy of Prohibition simmers just below the surface. Last year, I wrote a feature for the Washington Post about the new temperance movement, the members of which many deem “neo-prohibitionists.”

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