On the rocks: Governors ban Russian vodka sale in state liquor stores

Although the gesture is symbolic, it will not have any economic consequences. However, it will send a message to the Ukrainian people of support.

On the rocks: Governors ban Russian vodka sale in state liquor stores

Following Russia's invasion in Ukraine, several states have prohibited the sale of Russian-made vodkas from their liquor stores.

Saturday's executive order by Utah Governor required the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control) to remove from stores all Russian-made or Russian-branded products.

Gov. In a statement, Spencer Cox announced the executive order. "Utah is in solidarity with Ukraine. We will not support Russian companies, no matter what the exchange."

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed an executive order that requires state liquor outlets to stop selling Russian-made or branded alcohol.

In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the Ohio's Commerce Department stop selling Russian Standard vodka, the only Russian vodka that is sold in Ohio under the brands Green Mark and Russian Standard.



 

On Sunday, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board instructed Fine Wine & Good Spirits shops and licensee service centres to stop selling Russian-made products.

The order, which was similar to Ohio's, had limited impact as only two products were affected. Russian Standard vodka and Ustianochka 80 proof vodkas are sold in Fine Wine & Good Spirits shops, the board stated.

Many vodkas are made in Russia, but many have Russian names and Russian branding. Romanov vodka is one example.

Skyy and Titos are two of the most well-known vodkas. Grey Goose is produced in France.

While the move won't have severe economic ramifications Russia, the symbolic gesture was meant to send a message to the Ukrainian people.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario announced Friday that all products from Russia would be removed by LCBO channels in Canada. This includes 679 stores throughout the province.

Some bars in the U.S. tried to get rid of their Stoli. However, the company stated on its website that the Stoli vodka brands and their owner Yuri Shefler had been exiled from Russia almost two decades ago. The brand is now registered in Latvia.

A statement entitled: "Stoli Group denounces Russian Aggression" was released by the company. It said: "Stoli Group had a long history fighting oppression from Russia. We stand with the Ukrainian people and condemn the military action in Ukraine.

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