Marbet Lewis
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Marbet Lewis

Marbet Lewis has focused her practice on the laws governing the alcohol industry and the manufacture, importation, and sale of alcohol beverage products since 2004. She represents clients in all aspects of alcohol and business licensing in Florida including alcohol licensee mergers and acquisitions, negotiation of asset purchase agreements and required alcohol use provisions, license transfers and licensing due diligence, trade practices, alcohol product advertising and review of marketing agreements, importation agreements, label approvals, and regulatory compliance guidance. Her experience also includes enforcement action defense and administrative litigation, zoning and land use due diligence and approval processes, and state and local government regulatory compliance. She works with domestic and foreign suppliers, wholesalers and a broad range of retailers, including nightclubs, bars, movie theater operators, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, bars, nightclubs, and pharmacy chains.

Wine & Spirits

There’s an increasing industry trend towards high-end, premium liquor. Not just top shelf, but limited editions aimed at connoisseurs and collectors willing to spend top dollar. Louis XIII Cognac is a prime example, and if you have a spare $22,000, you can take home a bottle (just one) of their

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Wine & Spirits

Love Sling Prep Time:  2 minutes Total Time:  2 minutes 1 ounce premium gin ½ ounce grenadine ½ ounce cherry brandy 1 dash sour mix (equal parts of lime juice and plain simple syrup) Splash of club soda (free pour to taste) Instructions Pour the gin, grenadine and cherry brandy

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Wine & Spirits

Sweet & Sour Kiss Prep Time:  5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes ¼ cup tequila ¼ cup club soda ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice 1 tbsp fresh lime juice 1 tsp sugar Grapefruit wedge Instructions Rub rim of glass with grapefruit juice and sugar. Pour grapefruit juice, lime juice, and

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Retailer highlights

January 18 saw Miami make the list of 20 companies in the running to become home to the second headquarters of the online commerce giant Amazon. In September, 2017, Amazon announced its search for “HQ2,” a term coined by founder Jeff Bezos, who, coincidentally, grew up in South Florida. The

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Global News

Everyone seems to have an opinion on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act pushed through Congress by Republicans and signed by President Trump mere days ago. With so many divergent opinions out there, it’s hard to tell partisan blustering from genuine analysis. But one thing is clear: the alcohol industry

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Global News

When you watch a nationally televised sporting event, you’re bound to see several advertisements for alcoholic beverages. In some way, each one tells viewers to drink responsibly. In fact, some use the phrase “21 means 21.” This, of course, references the legal drinking age in the US. But wait a

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Cannabis

In a move beverage industry competitors watched closely, Constellation Brands — seller of Corona beer — purchased a minority stake in a Canadian marijuana company. Last month’s deal with Canopy Growth Corp. marks the first time an alcoholic beverage supplier has so actively invested in the marijuana industry. Constellation paid

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Global News

The U.S. beverage and alcohol industry as a whole accounts for $475 billion in economic activity per year, with about a quarter of that ($110B or so) being wages and benefits for over 4.5 million jobs nationally. Of that huge $475 billion, the distilled spirits industry accounts for about $150

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