ABC Board Successfully Operates During Pandemic; Sets Financial Milestone
Agency Sales Surpass $596 million in Fiscal Year 2020
Faced with challenges during a global pandemic, The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board continued to fulfill its 84-year mission to protect and support the public’s health, safety, and welfare by regulating the distribution, import, manufacture, delivery and sale of alcoholic beverages.
In a year underscored by uncertainty, operational efficiencies kept the state agency’s 800+ employees working. The result was a record year for sales and funding collected by ABC that are used to fund numerous state agencies, county and city governments and others.
“From day one of this pandemic, our main concern is the health and safety of our customers and employees” ABC Administrator Mac Gipson said. “We have continued to follow state recommendations as it relates to providing our employees and customers a safe environment in which to work and shop. I am proud of our family of nearly 900 employees who continue to find ways to ensure ABC operates in an efficient manner that serves the customer and reduces expenses.”
ABC Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 gross revenues for retail, wholesale and military liquor sales was $596.1 million while FY 2019 gross revenues were $531.2 million which resulted in a retail sales increase of $64.9 million.
Despite ABC temporarily closing 78 retail stores last March and reassigning those employees to open stores, to seeing its warehouse staffing shrink 27% as the pandemic continued from summer to fall, the agency shipped 3,304,241 cases of liquor in FY 2020.
In FY 2019, ABC shipped 332,022 fewer cases while the agency operated at full capacity. The additional revenue from increased alcoholic beverage sales in the state of Alabama also added millions more dollars to the state’s General Fund, state agencies, local and county governments and more. The distribution of revenues below reflects an increase of $28 million.