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Grocers and others in the food and beverage industry are supporting a proposal to reduce the deposit rate on liquor bottles in Maine from 15 cents to five. This change would match the nickel deposit implemented last year on small containers of liquor commonly called “nips."

Supporters of the change, including the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association, argue that it is better to have just one deposit for all liquor containers, regardless of the size. Among these supporters is Christine Cummings of the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association.

This June 16, 2016, file photo, taken with a fisheye lens, shows bottles of alcohol during a tour of a state liquor store, in Salt Lake City.
Rick Bowmer / AP Photo, File

Advocates of Maine’s 40-year-old bottle deposit law are concerned about a proposal to lower the deposit on liquor bottles from 15 cents down to five cents. The lawmaker behind the bill says she’s simply trying to make the state law more consistant and fair.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine says it's raising prices on low-end liquor to increase state revenue from rising alcohol sales.
Maine's liquor and lottery commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to raise the price of hundreds of liquor products. The price of 50-milliliter alcohol bottles will jump from 99 cents to $1.49 on Oct. 1.
Commissioners last month rejected Republican Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to prohibit sales of the bottles after lawmakers added a bottle deposit to them.
July liquor sales were more than $1 million above July 2016.

AUGUSTA, Maine - In most of Maine's larger cities and towns, there's little chance of having to stand in line for liquor. But it's a different story in many of the state's smaller communities, particularly those tourist-dependent towns that grow in population during the summer months.