ABC Spirituous Liquor Pricing
In North Carolina, the retail price of spirituous liquor
sold in ABC stores is uniform throughout the state, unless otherwise provided
by law, as described in
North Carolina General Statutes, GS 18B-804, Alcohol Beverage Pricing.
The Commission issues a Quarterly Price List that
is effective on the first day of February, May, August and November. Any price
changes made by a Distiller are effective with the issuance of this List.
On every delivered case of spirituous liquor approved for sale, there is an 80.8
percent markup. Therefore, the selling price at retail, in addition to cost of
Bailment fee that funds the ABC warehouse private contractor
Surcharge fee that funds the ABC Commission's budget
Local ABC Board markup
Other miscellaneous tax
Please link to the Spirituous Liquor Pricing Breakdown
for an example of the distribution of revenue from alcoholic beverages.
In addition to the Quarterly Price List, the Commission will publish a monthly
Supplemental Price List reducing the retail prices of selected liquor products
to reflect the distillers offers of special price reductions.
New items are considered and approved in February each year for listing in the
May Price List. Likewise, items that are not selling well and delivering
minimum profits are removed from the list at this time. Special holiday
packages with glass sets or other novelty items are approved in June each year
and are limited for sale only in the November Price List.
The Commission will approve special orders of
products not on the approved price list when a local ABC board has a request
from a customer. This merchandise must be purchased in full case allotments and
be paid for in advance. After the product is paid for the Commission will order
it from the proper vendor and when received at the
state warehouse ship it to the local board where the order originated.
The special order process normally takes 6-8 weeks.