Florida Alcoholic Beverage Market: Regulations, Statistics, Trends, and Wholesalers

Florida is one of the largest and fastest-growing states in the country. Its year-round warm climate and status as a top destination for travelers around the globe make it a hot spot for beverage alcohol entrepreneurs, especially those interested in establishing a footprint in hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.

We’ve prepared a guide to the Florida Market, which covers the following topics:

  • Category consumption trends for spirits, wine, and beer
  • The regulatory structure and oversight in Florida
  • Essential state laws, procedures and regulations
  • Market facts and key players

Florida had an approximate population of 22 million people in 2022 with 17.1 million of them within the legal drinking age bracket. The state ranks third on the list of states that consume the most alcohol, behind California and Texas, but second on the list of states consuming the most spirits and wine, behind California. While South Florida gets the majority of the attention, 59% of wine & spirits sales occur outside of South Florida and the Tampa & Orlando markets account for 38% of total sales in the state.

If you need help establishing your presence in the Sunshine State, provide your information below, and we’ll contact you to share more on how we can help.

Consumption Trends In Florida

Florida is one of the largest beverage alcohol markets in the United States. In 2021, there were 175 million cases of beer sold, followed by 28.5 million cases of wine, and 20.1 million cases of spirits. The state ranks in the top three best markets for both wine and spirits. Below you will find some charts displaying the volume growth for beer, wine, and spirits over a five-year period.

Florida Spirits Consumption from 2015-2020 by 9-Liter Cases

Florida Wine Consumption from 2015-2020 by 9-Liter Cases

Florida Beer Consumption from 2015-2020 by 9-Liter Cases

Florida State Alcohol Licensing

All U.S. states are regulated at a federal level according to the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. At a state level, Florida is overseen by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco within the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). The agency is responsible for licensing, tax collection and auditing, fee collection, and enforcing the state’s laws and regulations. Selling alcohol in Florida, or any state you may be looking to do business in, requires knowledge of the state, county, and local alcohol laws to remain compliant. We’ve put together some of the most common questions covering the off and on-premise environments in the state. Should you have any other selling-related questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

  • Manufacturers (breweries, wineries, distilleries, cideries, meaderies, and rectifiers)
  • Wholesalers, also known as distributors
  • Retailers (on-premise and off- premise)

In the simplest terms, manufacturers, sometimes referred to as producers, make the alcohol products. Wholesalers sell the alcohol to the retailers. Retailers sell the alcohol to consumers. While there are some exceptions to this flow of goods, this is the federally regulated route to market.

All businesses that deal with manufacturing, distributing, selling, or importing alcohol in Florida must be licensed.

As of 2022, there are over 150 licensed distillers and bottlers, over 400 breweries with active licenses, and approximately 35 wineries in the state of Florida.

Common Licenses for Manufacturers in Florida

Distiller of Spirituous Liquor – Engaged in manufacturing distilled spirits. License permits the manufacture of alcoholic beverages and the distribution of the same at wholesale to licensed distributors.

Distiller of Spirituous Liquor (Craft Distillery) – For manufacturers producing 250,000 gallons or less of distilled spirits per calendar year. May conduct tastings and sales of distilled spirits produced by the craft distilleries at Florida fairs, trade shows, farmers markets, expositions, and festivals.

Manufacturer of Malt Beverages – Engaged in brewing malt beverages. License permits the manufacture of alcoholic beverages and the distribution of the same at wholesale to licensed distributors.

Manufacturer of Wine and Cordials – Engaged in manufacturing of wines and cordials. License permits the manufacture of alcoholic beverages and the distribution of the same at wholesale to licensed distributors.

Manufacturer of Wine – Engaged in manufacturing or bottling wine. License permits the manufacture of alcoholic beverages and the distribution of the same at wholesale to licensed distributors.

Rectifier/Blender – Engaged in rectifying and blending spirituous liquors. License permits the manufacture of alcoholic beverages and the distribution of the same at wholesale to licensed distributors.

Florida State Alcohol Regulations

Florida is an open state, meaning the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages is handled by private entities but still regulated by state legislators.

Shipping and Selling to Consumers

In Florida, distillers and retailers may serve or deliver alcohol to consumers if certain conditions are met. Below is a breakdown of these specific distribution and sales regulations:.

Distiller of Spirituous Liquor (Craft Distillery):

  • Must produce 250,000 gallons or less per year
  • Can sell to consumers (i.e. tasting rooms & gift shop)
  • Can sell at events within the state of Florida (i.e. fairs and festivals)


  • Can sell product directly to consumers for on or off-premise consumption
  • Off-premise retailers may deliver directly to a consumer’s residence
  • On-premise food providers may also deliver alcoholic beverages if the sale is accompanied by the sale of food within the same order

Self-Pitch Distribution Model

Finding the right distributor is often cited as one of the most difficult challenges to building a brand in the U.S. There are thousands of brands and industry consolidation has led to fewer distribution companies to choose from in each market.

As such, one option available to emerging brands is to use Park Street’s self-pitch distribution model. The self-pitch distribution model is similar to the three-tier traditional distribution model where product is delivered to retailers, but the key difference is that sales and marketing is handled by the supplier.

Park Street’s CEO Explains Self-Pitch Distribution

Required Procedures for Alcohol Suppliers Selling in Florida

Label Registration

All alcohol products sold in Florida must have a label registration approved by the Florida DBPR in order to ensure products are in compliance with federal and state label regulations. Brands can register products in the state for $30 per label.

Price Posting

The state of Florida does not require any price posting at either the wholesale or retail level.

Florida Spirits Volume Sales By Category – 2020 Data

Spirit trends in Florida by volume and dollar sales in 2020.

Category Volume Sales
9-liter cases
Dollar Sales
Straight Whiskey 1.9 million $572 million
Canadian Whisky 1.2 million $519 million
Scotch whisky 993,000 $618 million
Irish whiskey 210,000 N/A
Gin 774,000 $310 million
Vodka 7.2 million $2.9 billion
Rum 2.8 million $1.2 billion
Tequila 1.2 million N/A
Cordials/Liqueurs 1.5 million $542 million
Cocktails 741,000 N/A


Florida Wine Volume Sales By Category – 2020 Data

See below for the wine trends in Florida by volume sales in 2020.

Category Volume Sales
Thousands, 9-liter cases
Table 26,500
Wine Coolers 6
Champagne & Sparkling 1,900
Dessert & Fortified 154
Vermouth & Aperitif 114


Florida Beer Volume Sales By Category – 2020 Data

See below for the beer trends in Florida by volume sales in 2020.

Category Volume Sales
Thousands, 2.25 Gallon Cases
Volume Sales barrels
Craft 15.8 508.5
FMBs & Hard Seltzer 23.9 771.7
Super & Super Premium 15.8 509.1
Light 64.7 2,087.7
Popular 6 193.0
Imported 41.6 1,342.6

FAQs on Florida Beer, Wine & Spirits Sales

What are the policies regarding the sale of alcohol on Sundays in Florida?

Florida does allow Sunday sales of alcohol, subject to local government discretion.

What are the hours retailers can sell alcohol?

The default hours for selling alcohol in the state of Florida are between 7:00 AM and 12:00 AM daily. These hours apply unless counties or incorporated municipalities opt to create their own laws, which supersede.

Do Walmart, Target, and CVS sell alcohol in FL?

Yes, retailers such as Walmart, Target, and CVS sell alcohol, specifically beer and wine. They do not sell spirits.

Do they sell liquor, wine, or beer in grocery stores in Florida?

Yes, grocery stores in Florida sell beer and wine. Those with liquor stores such as Publix, Milams, and Winn Dixie sell spirits at separate locations in close proximity to the store.

Do they sell liquor, wine, or beer in gas stations in Florida?

Yes, they sell wine and beer at gas stations in Florida, but predominantly beer.

The Top 10 Spirits Brands In Florida

  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Smirnoff
  • Crown Royal
  • Bacardi
  • Fireball
  • Jim Beam Family
  • New Amsterdam Vodka
  • Captain Morgan (excludes Parrot Bay)
  • Jack Daniel’s
  • Jose Cuervo

The Top 10 Table Wine Brands In Florida

  • Franzia Winetaps
  • Barefoot Cellars
  • Bota Box
  • Carlo Rossi
  • Sutter Home
  • Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
  • Twin Valley
  • Black Box
  • Peter Vella
  • Livingston Cellars

The Top 10 Domestic Beer Brands In Florida

  • Bud Light
  • Coors Light
  • Michelob Ultra
  • White Claw Hard Seltzer
  • Miller Lite
  • Budweiser
  • Busch Light
  • Natural Light
  • Truly Spiked & Sparkling
  • Busch

Alcoholic Beverage Distributors Located In Florida

All alcohol sold in the U.S. must go through the three-tier system, meaning suppliers and manufacturers sell their product to the “middle tier” of the industry composed of wholesalers or importers, who then use internal teams to market and sell the product to retail establishments such as bars, restaurants, liquor stores, etc.


Below you will find an updated list of the top distributors located in the state of Florida. If you’re looking for more information related to each of the individual distributors, feel free to visit the distributor listings. If you can’t find the answer that you’re looking for, please reach out to our customer support team for assistance or fill out the contact form provided.

More Distributors in Florida (A-Z)

  • 3R Distribution
  • ACE Wine & Spirits
  • Alfa International
  • Anchor Wines
  • Antares Inc/Wine Clearing
  • Apollo Export Warehouse
  • Bayshore Produce
  • Beerstream Distributors
  • Belle Epoque Wine Imports
  • Bernie Little Distributors
  • BluRack LLC
  • BMC Fine Spirits Florida
  • Brickell Liquor LLC
  • Burkhardt Distributing Co
  • Carisam International
  • Carisam Samuel Meisel (Miami)
  • Cavalier Distributing Florida
  • Cheers Distributors
  • City Beverages
  • Consortium Wine & Spirits
  • D & S Beverages
  • Daytona Beverage
  • Delarosa Vineyards
  • Dibacco Imports
  • Double Eagle Distribution
  • Duty Free Retail Group
  • Eagle Brands
  • Eastern Wine
  • Florida Craft Distributors LLC
  • Florida Distributing
  • Global Beverage Group LLC
  • Global Wines LLC (Sunrise)
  • Gold Coast Beverage LLC
  • Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
  • Golden Wines LLC
  • Gourmet Food & Wine International
  • Grantham Distributing Co.
  • Graziano Imports.
  • Great Bay Distributors
  • Greg Ford
  • Greystone Partners
  • Hilton – Food & Beverage
  • House of Wine and Spirits
  • Ice Pop Factory
  • InnoTri Limited LLC
  • International Cruise Duty Free
  • International Wine and Spirits Inc
  • Johnson Brothers
  • Liberation Distribution
  • Mango Bottling, Inc.
  • Manifest Distilling
  • Mexcor
  • Mixitalia St. Maarten
  • Monarq B.V.
  • Next Point
  • North Florida Sales
  • Opici Wine (Ocala)
  • Paradise Distributors
  • Pepia Est
  • Pepin Distributing Co.
  • Phil & Sons Distributing
  • Premier Beverage Co.
  • Prestige Worldwide Distributors
  • Private Cask Imports
  • Progress Wine Group
  • Progress Wine Group
  • Provicenter USA
  • Seabox International Inc
  • Shaw-Ross Intl Importers, LLC
  • Sommselection LLC
  • South African Beer
  • Southern Eagle Distributing
  • Southern Glazer’s
  • Sovereign Distributors
  • Stansfeld Scott
  • Stephens Distributing Co Inc.
  • Suncoast Beverage Sales
  • Sunshine State Distributing
  • Superb Wines International
  • Terroir Selections
  • The Lewis Bear Company
  • The Wine Seller Of Florida
  • Tier II
  • Titans of PR Corp
  • TOMA Distribution Company
  • Top Wines Import
  • Trade Link West Indies LLC (Miami)
  • Tri Eagle Sales
  • Triple P Distributing
  • Twenty-One Wine & Spirits
  • Unfiltered Unfined Wines
  • Vineyard Selections
  • Vintage Distributors
  • Wayne Densch
  • Wine Art
  • Winebow (Pompano)
  • Young’s Fine Wine

See a full list of alcoholic beverage distributors here. 

Buying Alcohol In Florida – Hours, Locations & Taxes

Florida, although some dry counties do exist, is not a dry state, which means you can buy alcohol within the state. If you’re looking to learn the rules, regulations, and laws on buying beer, wine, and spirits within the state, then see below.  Learn more about buying both off-premise and on-premise today.

FAQs on Buying Beer, Wine & Liquor in Florida

What is the alcohol tax in Florida?


Less than 17.259% abv – $2.25 per Gallon

17.259% abv or more – $3.00 per Gallon

Natural Sparkling – $3.50 per Gallon

Cider- $0.89/Gallon


Less than 17.259% abv – $2.25 per Gallon

17.259% – 55.78% abv – $6.50 per Gallon

More than 55.78% abv – $9.53 per Gallon

Can you buy liquor in grocery stores in FL?

Yes. You can buy wine, beer, and liquor under 6% ABV in grocery stores. Liquor over 6% ABV is sold only through package stores.

Can you buy alcohol in gas stations in Florida?

Yes, you can buy wine and beer in gas stations providing that they offer it for purchase to customers. Unless local law does not permit the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Can you buy alcohol on Sunday in FL?

Yes, but this will vary by county and alcohol type. Please consult your local and county regulations for complete details. Except as otherwise provided by county/municipal ordinance, sales are prohibited between midnight and 7 am every day including Sunday: (Source). In unincorporated Miami-Dade County, package stores are prohibited from making sales on Sundays (Source). Within the City of Miami, package stores may sell between 9 am and 7 pm and retailers may serve from noon until 3 am (Source). In Broward County, on and off-premise retailers are prohibited from making sales before noon (Source).

Does Florida Allow direct-to-consumer shipping?

Wine can be shipped directly to consumers, but direct shipping of spirits to consumers is not allowed in Florida.

What times can you buy liquor, wine, or beer in Florida?

The sale of alcohol is not permitted between midnight and 7:00 AM which means you can buy alcohol any time that is not within that restricted period.

Can you order alcohol to go in FL?

Alcohol-to-go or curbside sales are permitted for wine, spirits, and malt beverages in Florida provided the establishment meets the state’s criteria for to-go sales.

Where in Florida can buy alcohol off-premise?

It depends on the type of alcohol you’re trying to purchase. Providing they hold an alcohol retailer’s license, you can purchase beer and wine in convenience stores, gas stations, and grocery stores. You can purchase liquor at package stores.

Where can buy alcohol for on-premise consumption in FL?

You can buy alcohol on-premise at any location that has a license to serve alcohol on-premise. That means bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels, and other locations so long as they meet the requirements for selling and serving on-premise.

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