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Three-tier system

Three-tier system of alcohol distribution

The three-tier system of alcohol distribution is a state-based regulatory alcohol control system comprised of suppliers (breweries, distilleries, wineries), distributors and retailers whose mission is to protect consumers from unsafe alcohol products and practices. The system was a response to post-Prohibition concern over consumption and consumer safety. It created a distinct separation between suppliers and retailers (wholesalers/distributors) that took away some of the power suppliers had over retailers. 

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