Department of Liquor Control

New Item Placement

New items approved with a listing date of April 1 have begun shipping. Agencies should review this list to properly place April’s new products in line with products currently on an Agency’s shelves.

Items identified as Limited-Time Offers (LTOs), or those items identified as Value-Added Packages (VAPs) should not be placed on an Agency’s shelves in line with regular active products. These items should be displayed in some way to highlight their limited nature, such as end cap or case stack displays. Wholesale only (WSO) items should not be put on the retail floor. These items are for wholesale only and should be sold in whole case quantities.Contact the Liquor Enterprise Service Center at 877-812-0013 or with any questions. Items can be counted in both bottles and cases; the system adds the quantities together.

Jim Canepa remains as Superintendent of the Division of Liquor Control

Recently OGA President, Kristin Mullins, and our Lobbying Partners, Joe Ewig and Deb Hackathorn had the pleasure of meeting the new Director of Commerce, Sheryl Maxfield.  This meet and greet was designed as an introduction of OGA and our issues.  One of the high priority topics was that of the Superintendent position.  Ms. Maxfield confirmed that Mr. Canepa is currently the Superintendent and there are no plans to make any changes to this position.  This is good news for our industry as Supt. Canepa has proven to be a good partner with our industry.  Other high priorities for OGA on the liquor front include our increased commission rate efforts and new agency stores.  OGA has plans to continue our Liquor Task Force Meetings in 2019 as well.

State Agency Liquor Store Updates

(Courtesy of the Department of Commerce)

Double Eagle Very Rare/O.F.C. Bottle LotteryOhio Liquor will be holding another bottle lottery in late March for two highly sought-after products. This lottery will kickoff at 12:01 a.m. Mar. 25 and run through 11:59 p.m. Apr. 5., and will include both retail AND wholesale customers. Retail and wholesale customers both will enter at for a chance to purchase a bottle of O.F.C. (1993 Vintage) and/or Double Eagle Very Rare. When entering online, entrants will be able to choose between the two lotteries or enter both. If they enter both, they will have a chance to win a product from both collections, and will not be disqualified from one if chosen as a winner in the other. Agencies are encouraged to let their wholesale accounts know about this opportunity, as wholesale has not been included in the past. There will be no paper tickets for this bottle lottery. However, Agencies will receive a poster to hang in an area visible to consumers. Agency owners and their employees may not enter the lottery. FAQs for Agencies may be found here.A public announcement will be sent to consumers in early March. A list of consumer FAQs may be found here. All staff should have access to these FAQs to assist consumers.Contact the Liquor Enterprise Service Center at 877-812-0013 or with any questions.

Delist Product Pick-Up

Agencies are required to package delisted product for return to the Distribution Centers if they have not already done so.

An itemized list has been sent to all Agencies on Jan. 16, which should be used to identify product remaining at your location. All items must be prepared for return no later than your next delivery day. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a compliance violation.

Agencies should follow the following process:

  • Pull identified product from shelves and storage
  • Pack in cases for pick-up by DHL
  • Tape cases shut and set aside for pick-up (if more than 10 cases, place on a pallet in preparation for DHL to load)
  • Make three copies of the final inventory list (one for DHL, one for your Agency, and one for your Auditor)
  • Prepare two copies of the Bill of Lading (BOL) (one for DHL and one for your Agency). Include Agency number, name, address, return information: “High Proof Spirits” and the number of cases, Agency signature, DHL driver signature and date).
  • Once DHL has picked up the product, the Agency should email a copy of the final inventory list to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center.

The LESC can be reached at 877-812-0013 or

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Please Join OGA in Supporting the Redefine Campaign
OGA is excited to partner with the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control’s new social awareness campaign. The Redefine campaign emphasizes the belief that a full and exciting lift does not have to involve drinking. Tacking the issues of underage drinking and over consumption of alcohol takes a community of partnerships like these to keep our neighborhoods safe. Click here for the full press release. Learn more on the Redefine website.

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