Joint Efforts on Youth Access Alcohol Prevention in La Crosse Come To Completion through Successful Respect 21™ Program
MillerCoors, in partnership with Hellman Distributors, local retailers and local law enforcement, announced today the results of the Respect 21™ Responsible Retailing program in La Crosse. Developed to raise community awareness and improve retailer practices on preventing underage access to alcohol, the program recently concluded after a six-month run.
With positive overall results, including a 7.2 percent improvement made by participating retailers in their age verification practices, measurements also indicated that there are opportunities for further growth in consistency of ID checking before selling alcohol. Retailers will be able to review their results and implement continual improvement by utilizing the tools and resources also provided through the Respect 21 program.
In 2008, recognizing the opportunity to increase retailer efforts to prevent underage sales of alcohol, La Crosse Police Chief Ed Kondracki suggested launching Respect 21 in the community. In response, MillerCoors, Hellman Distributors and the La Crosse Tavern League initiated the program earlier this year, rolling it out to 50 retailer participants. These businesses received tools and assistance through point-of sale materials, confidential legal-age mystery shopper inspections and training materials designed to prevent alcohol sales to minors.
“It takes this kind of public-private partnership to solve the ongoing challenges La Crosse was facing,” said Dan Hellman of Hellman Distributors. “With the support of the La Crosse Police Department and La Crosse County Tavern League, we launched this campaign to assist local retailers to be proactive in curtailing underage drinking.”
As retailers utilize the training materials and program results they gained from participating in Respect 21, plans are also underway to continue supporting responsible retailing efforts in the future.
“At MillerCoors, we believe with great beer, comes great responsibility. We never want our products to be used by those who are underage, so providing communication, education and resources is paramount for our company and our distributors,” said Diane Wagner, manager of alcohol responsibility for MillerCoors. “Respect 21 gives us the opportunity to bring a program that has proven success to retailers who are on the front line of prevention.”
Developed by Brandeis University and the National Responsible Retailing Forum in partnership with MillerCoors, Respect 21 includes government-recognized best practices on responsible retailing to prevent the sale of alcohol to anyone under 21. Retailers enrolled in the program typically include bars, restaurants and convenience stores. Initially piloted in 2006, the program has since expanded to encompass 15 communities, with positive improvements recorded in 100 percent of those areas.
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