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Giant Eagle first to tap wine-to-go sales under new liquor reform law

A Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle has taken the lead on the new wine-to-go sales allowed under the state’s new liquor law.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which has been full of news about new licenses and permits over the last two weeks, said a Giant Eagle in Robinson Township, Allegheny County, received its first wine delivery on Thursday through a limited pilot program with the state.

The pilot program is intended to test and refine processes for forecasting product needs, planning replenishment orders and delivering wine from a PLCB distribution center directly to the store.

Overall, Giant Eagle has secured 32 wine expanded permits under the new law, which is known as Act 39.

Under the law, hotel and restaurant licensees that already sell take-out beer  can apply for a permit to sell up to four bottles of wine for off-site consumption.

The PLCB is still projecting October for broader-scale shipping of wine to large-volume retail chains across the commonwealth.

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