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Michigan's Alcohol Beverage Industry Steps Up With Generous Donations During COVID-19 Health Crisis

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April 28, 2020. The state’s hard-hit liquor businesses have, without fanfare, become one of Michigan’s largest groups to support the fight against coronavirus. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) today commends the state’s alcohol beverage industry –- producers, distributors, retailers, distillers and wineries for their generous donations of cash, personal protection equipment, food and meals that are helping thousands of Michiganders.

“So many people are facing great challenges right now that the alcohol beverage industry is rallying to help during this dire situation,” said MLCC Chair Pat Gagliardi. “These are businesses that are also negatively impacted by the pandemic, but have stepped up so generously to help others.”  

The MLCC has become aware of and wishes to thank the following businesses for their contributions:

Diageo, the world’s largest spirits producer: 14,400, 200ml bottles of hand sanitizer to the State of Michigan Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

Griffin Claw Brewing Company: nearly 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to the SEOC and to Southeast Michigan law enforcement and fire departments; Beaumont Health Donation Center, Trinity Health, and Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Imperial Beverage: 2,000 cases of water and juice to Bronson and Ascension Borgess hospitals; Gleaners Community Food Bank; the Salvation Army; Rickman House; Safe Haven Ministries; Goodwill Inn; and Loaves & Fishes. 

Republic National Distributing Company – Michigan (RNDC): 100 meals to the Detroit Police Dept. 6th Precinct; meals for frontline healthcare workers -- 240 meals to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (donated jointly with Constellation Spirits, Infinium Spirits, and Proximo Spirits); and 200 meals to Beaumont Hospital in Troy (donated jointly with Vineyards and Stoli ® Vodka).

Great Lakes Wine & Spirits (GLWS): delivered more than 15,000 gallons of hand sanitizer donated by distillers to hospitals, nursing homes, and first responders. 

Huron Distributors: a 53-foot refrigerated trailer to Alpena Public Schools for food refrigeration for their “Feed the Kids” program.

Tito’s Vodka Company: 288 gallons of hand sanitizer, 3,000 KN95 masks and 2,000 pairs of medical gloves to hospitals and healthcare facilities, delivered by RNDC.

Other contributors include: Henry A. Fox Sales, Tri-County Beverage Company/Walter Wolpin, Iron Fish Distillery, Founders Brewing Company, Long Road Distillers, Coppercraft Distillery, Michigrain, Ann Arbor Distilling Company, Ugly Dog Distillery, Detroit City Distiller, Mammoth Distilling, Constellation Spirits, Infinium Spirits, Proximo Spirits; Vineyards and Stoli ® Vodka; Heaven Hill Vineyards, Celani Family Vineyards, Kobrand Wine & Spirits, Sovereign Brands Wine & Spirits Company, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Treasury and Wagner Family Vineyards, Buzzballz, St. Julian Winery & Distillery, and Brown-Forman Corporation.

For more information on the coronavirus / COVID-19 state of emergency, please visit the State of Michigan’s coronavirus website at:

It is the mission of the MLCC to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through regulation of those involved in the importation, sale, consumption, distribution, and delivery of these alcohol beverage products.

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