The Internet helps. Bishop said customers are better informed about what is available today than they were in years past. They’re aware of trends like local wines and craft brews that might have struggled to make an impression a decade ago. That helps the stores, too, since customers will ask for products before a store may be aware of it.
The report also had some good news about alcohol sales compliance. The state found a roughly five-to-one rate in favor of compliance with ID checks and prohibiting sales to minors in the past year.