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Shutdown affecting local alcohol distributors

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(Source: Joshua Lurie) (Source: Joshua Lurie)
GENOA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Many agencies and businesses are affected by the government shutdown, but the distribution of alcohol is one affected area that has caught many by surprise.

"I think I was in denial for the first 12 hours, or 24 hours, because I was like, ‘I'm glad this is not going to affect me.' And I think I said that out loud," said Brian Pearson, owner of Pearson and Pearson, a local full-service alcohol and beverage company.

"It does strike home that you have a small company in Genoa that is really being affected by this government shutdown, in an industry that people don't even understand this is regulated," he said.

 Without the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) operating, Pearson cannot get certain flavors and formulas in his products approved, and he cannot get labels approved. Certain projects are now on hold, costing Pearson more than just thousands of dollars.

"I have right now, like I said, three or four projects in with [the TTB] right now, and each one of those are relative to those kinds of numbers," he said.

He says the TTB was already behind on approvals before the shutdown, and he's concerned about just how long it may take for product and labeling approvals to go through.

"We're not necessarily worried about the government reopening; we all believe it's going to reopen," he said. "It's going to be the ripple effect of how are they going to catch up in our industry that's already exploding."

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