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New bill to allow wine trade in kegs, containers in Florida

DBR Staff Writer Published 11 February 2013

A new bill ‘The Florida Wine Canister Act’, filed by Senator Wilton Simpson and Representative Frank Artiles, will allow Florida distributors and manufacturers to sell wine in kegs or large containers to businesses.

The previous law allowed winemakers to sell wine in a limited size of one gallon canister, however the new bill will allow increasing to six gallons per container.

Though, the new bill will not allow consumers to purchase the wine kegs, it will allow bars and restaurants to offer customers with wide range of wines by the glass and not fear of wine spoiling as its happens after opening the bottle for individual servings, reported wtxl.com.

Artiles told the website that wine canisters are environment friendly option that allows restaurants to reduce wastage and streamline services.

"Nationally, over 100 distributors distribute wine canisters in 36 states. In fact, Texas and Pennsylvania have recently updated laws to allow wine canisters," Artiles added.

Wine keg manufacturer Micro-Matic managing director John Soler was quoted by the website as saying that the initiative will help them grow their business and the Florida's hospitality industry.