Illinois Ship My Spirits Send 1,250 Letters to Legislature in First Week

The Illinois legislature has received more than 1,250 letters of support for allowing spirits direct-to-consumers shipping in the first week of the Illinois Ship My Spirits campaign.

The Ship My Spirits campaign was launched by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), American Distilling Institute (ADI), Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and Illinois Craft Distillers Association.

"We are proud to have generated so many letters to legislators in such a short time frame,” said Nick Nagele, vice president of the Illinois Craft Distillers Association. “This engagement from Illinois consumers just further proves the demand we know exists for spirits direct-to-consumer shipping. We hope our lawmakers will take notice of this growing groundswell and work to make spirits direct-to-consumer shipping a reality.”

The Illinois Legislature is currently considering two bills sponsored by state Senator Celina Villanueva and state Representative Kevin Olickal which would allow distillers to ship their spirits products directly to adult consumers just as wineries have done for more than three decades in the state.

said the coalition. “While wine shipments have been around for more than three decades, spirits producers have been excluded from this vital market access channel. There is no good reason for that, and it is time states like Illinois allowed direct-to-consumer shipping for all alcohol producers, not just some," the coalition said. "We are seeing movement on direct-to-consumer shipping legislation across the nation as legislators seek to modernize these laws to increase convenience for spirits consumers and provide equal growth opportunities for distillers,” it added., the coalition’s website, has an interactive map where consumers can click on their state to learn about the laws regulating spirits shipments and other data related to the spirit industry’s impact in the state. The site highlights that the spirits industry supports more than 79,000 jobs in Illinois and has an economic impact of more than $7.8 billion.

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