Food & drink news: Canned cocktails get a boost | Summer Rum party

Will Kreznick

If you’re a fan of canned cocktails like White Claw spiked seltzer or a ready-to-drink mojito, you’re in for a treat. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed into law bills that will see taxes on the beverages fall and allow the alcohol content rise. Under the legislation, private wholesalers, […]

If you’re a fan of canned cocktails like White Claw spiked seltzer or a ready-to-drink mojito, you’re in for a treat.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed into law bills that will see taxes on the beverages fall and allow the alcohol content rise. Under the legislation, private wholesalers, such as craft distilleries, starting in August can sell canned cocktails at up to 13.5 percent alcohol, up from 10 percent. The legislation also decreases the tax on mixed spirits from 48 cents per liter to 30 cents.

“This is a great example of bipartisan legislation that will create jobs and help our small businesses grow, and shows what we can do when we work together,” Whitmer said in a news release. “Distillers are a growing industry in Michigan, and these bill make it easier for distillers to distribute their products.”

The pandemic has sparked greater interest in canned cocktails, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

“Ready-to-drink cocktails saw a huge increase in 2020 and show no signs of slowing down,” David Wojnar, council senior vice president, said in the release. “Expanding the outlets where spirits-based RTDs can be sold will increase consumer convenience and provide additional revenue to the state. Consumers will also benefit from the reduced tax rate for these popular products.”

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