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Senator Simpson, District 10 — Press Release


February 7, 2013

CONTACT: Rachel Perrin Rogers, 850.487.5018

Sen. Simpson & Rep. Artiles File Florida Wine Canister Act

Tallahassee, Fla. —

This week, Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) and Rep. Frank Artiles (R- Miami), filed Senate Bill 658 and House Bill 623, the Florida Wine Canister Act.  “This legislation would simply remove antiquated red tape that arbitrarily limits wine container sizes in Florida,” said Senator Simpson. “By updating these statutes, which were written just after the prohibition era, the Legislature would effectively allow Florida's hospitality industry to proceed with custom tailored wine by the glass programs through innovative new methods and with technology manufactured within my district.”

“Wine canisters are an environmentally-friendly concept that will result in Florida-based manufacturing jobs, allow Florida's restaurants to reduce waste and streamline services,” said Rep. Artiles. “Nationally, over 100 distributors distribute wine canisters in 36 states.   In fact, Texas and Pennsylvania have recently updated laws to allow wine canisters.”

“By removing these outdated regulations, the Legislature will effectively allow us to grow our Brooksville based manufacturing business while providing the Sunshine State’s hospitality industry with more latitude.   We believe this sustainable concept will be very popular in Florida and allow us to continue expanding our workforce and footprint in the state, while meeting consumer demand,” said John Soler, Managing Director of Micro-Matic.