DISTRIBUTORS AND SUPPLIERS OF BEER
23-1106. Supplier’s right to discontinue distribution of brand. (1) A supplier may amend, modify, terminate, cancel, discontinue or fail to renew an agreement, with reference to a brand sold by a supplier, not less than thirty (30) days after written notice is given by the supplier as provided in section 23-1108, Idaho Code, if the supplier discontinues production or discontinues distribution in this state of a brand of beer sold by the supplier to the distributor.
(2) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a supplier from conducting test marketing of a product which is not currently being sold in this state, provided that the supplier has notified the director, Idaho state police, in writing, of its plans to conduct test marketing, which notice shall describe the market area in which the test shall be conducted, the name or names of the distributor or distributors who will be selling the product, the name or names of the product being tested, and the period of time, not to exceed eighteen (18) months, during which the testing will take place.
(3) If a supplier causes the discontinuance of distribution in this state of a brand of beer, except a brand that is being test marketed pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, then that brand cannot be reintroduced or sold to distributors within this state by any supplier for a period of six (6) months after providing the written notice required in the provisions of this section. A supplier who is test marketing a brand or brands in this state, in compliance with subsection (2) of this section, shall not be subject to the six (6) month reintroduction limitation set forth in the provisions of this subsection.
(4) Whenever a supplier discontinues distribution in this state of a brand of beer, the supplier shall be required, at the distributor’s request, to purchase from the distributor any unsold inventory of that brand.
[23-1106, added 1993, ch. 312, sec. 1, p. 1154; am. 2000, ch. 469, sec. 71, p. 1520.]