Beer Price Posting

The Price Posting Unit (PPU) is responsible for processing the filing of malt beverage price schedules, beer brand registration, and territorial agreements.

Beer Price Posting Continues Phased Implementation!

Online Beer Price Posting system continues with the launch of Phase 2.

Message from the Director

The Department is excited to announce that its new online Beer Price Posting system is now “live”. We reached this milestone after months of development and user acceptance testing with licensee participants. This is one of many projects we have been working on to strengthen and modernize the department’s technology, and to improve the level of service we provide to stakeholders.

By transitioning from paper to electronic posting, our new online system is designed to save time for licensees, provide a real-time view of beer prices, and provide a modern and more efficient way of filing price scheduling.

While our project team has been working diligently to ensure a smooth transition, we understand there may be some interruptions while we adapt to the change. Rest assured that we have made every effort to minimize any disruptions for licensees, and we will be working to provide stakeholders with the necessary support and resource materials to begin utilizing the new price posting system.

 

Eric Hirata
Director

Filing Price Schedules

California Business and Professions Code Section 25000 requires manufacturers, importers, and wholesalers of beer to file and maintain price schedules with the Department. The filing of price schedules is commonly referred to as price posting. A price schedule must be filed for each county in which your customers have their premises.

Sections 23671 and 23357.2 require the holders of certificates of compliance and out-of-state beer manufacturer certificates must also comply with Section 25000.

Who must file prices?

All manufacturers (Types 01, 23, and 75), importers (Types 09 and 10), wholesalers of beer (Type 17), all holders of Certificates of Compliance and Out-of-State Beer Manufacturer Certificates (Type 26).

How to file prices?

ABC is currently in the process of launching the new online Beer Price Posting system utilizing a phased implementation. The rollout will consist of six phases that will span a total of approximately 12 weeks. 

Licensees must continue the current paper process until they have registered in the online Beer Price Posting system. Only after all current prices have been posted in the online system can a licensee discontinue submitting the form ABC-701.

Use form ABC-701 to submit prices in the current paper process. Form ABC-701 INSTR contains instructions on how to complete form ABC-701.

Completed form ABC-701 must be filed with the Price Posting Unit. Various filing methods may be used, including email, fax, US Mail, private delivery services such as FedEx, UPS, etc. If using the email method, you must first complete form ABC-702.

When to file prices?

Prior to the first sale of beer/malt beverages to customers in California.

How often to file prices?

If a new licensee, then prior to the first sale of malt beverages to customers in California. After the initial filing, amended schedules of selling prices must be filed when the licensee introduces new brands or types, new package configurations, new bottle/can sizes or when any price changes occur. If a filing licensee wants to lower a price to meet competition, then an amended schedule of selling prices also must be filed.

When are prices effective?

New schedules of selling prices are effective immediately upon filing. Amended price schedules are effective ten (10) days after filing. If the schedule is filed to meet a lower competing price, then the schedule is effective immediately if the competitor’s price is already effective, or at the same time as the competing prices become effective.

The Department will not send a response to price posting submissions. Licensees are encouraged to keep a copy of their price posting submissions for their records.

Any questions regarding price posting should be sent to the Price Posting Unit at pps@abc.ca.gov or at (916) 419-2571.

Beer Brand Registration

California Business and Professions Code Section 25200 requires every manufacturer of beer to register their brand(s) of beer with the Department prior to the first sale of that brand in California. Form ABC-412 is the form to use to register your brand(s). This form can be obtained under the “Licensing” tab on the Department website. Form ABC-412 INSTR contains instructions on how to complete Form ABC-412. The instructions can be obtained under the “Licensing” tab on the Department website. 

Completed Form ABC-412 must be filed with the Price Posting Unit. Form ABC-412 may be emailed to beerbrandregistration@abc.ca.gov, faxed to (916) 928-7625 or mailed to Department Headquarters.

The Department will not send a response to beer brand registration submissions. Licensees are encouraged to keep a copy of their submitted beer brand registrations for their records.

Any questions regarding beer brand registration should be sent to the Price Posting Unit at pps@abc.ca.gov or at (916) 419-2571.

Territorial Agreements

California Business and Professions Code Section 25000.5 requires every manufacturer of beer who sells and distributes beer in California to designate territorial limits in California within which the brands of beer manufactured by them may be sold by wholesalers. A wholesaler of beer shall not sell any brand of beer unless they have first entered into a written agreement with the manufacturer of the brand which sets forth the territorial limits within which the brand shall be distributed by the wholesaler. A copy of the agreement, and any amendments thereto must be filed with the Department.

Any questions regarding territorial agreements should be sent to the Price Posting Unit at pps@abc.ca.gov or at (916) 419-2571.

Contact

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Price Posting Unit:

Ana Martinez
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Email:  pps@abc.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 419-2571
Fax: (916) 928-7625 (price schedules only)

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I continue to submit the ABC-701 in the new online system?

No. The ABC-701 will not be used in the online system. You can post prices in the online system either manually or by bulk upload.

Will I continue to use sheet numbers in the new online system?

No. Sheet numbers will not be used in the online system.

What is a bulk upload?

The online system will allow users to upload their prices via bulk upload utilizing the Excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded from the Beer Price Posting page on the Department’s website.

Can I use any Excel spreadsheet for the bulk upload process?

No. You must use the Price Posting Upload Template. This template can be found on the Beer Price Posting Page on the Department’s website and will be available in the online system. You can add additional columns for your internal use and the system will ignore those columns. However, you must keep the columns that are contained on the Price Posting Upload Template or the system will reject the upload.