Pa. delays deployment of wine vending machines

In this June 25, 2010 photo, Jacqueline Love purchases her first bottle of wine from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's self-serve wine kiosk at a Giant food store, in Harrisburg, Pa. ((AP Photo/Bradley C Bower))

September 8, 2010 12:15:33 PM PDT
Concerns over safety and talks with retailers are delaying the deployment of kiosks that will allow Pennsylvanians to buy wine without going to state-run liquor stores.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board spokeswoman Stacey Witalec tells WITF-FM that negotiations with supermarkets and routine safety testing of new kiosks are pushing back the planned rollout of the wine vending machines.

The board had planned to have the vending kiosks in 100 stores starting in late August. That came after two Harrisburg-area machines were deemed a success.

Witalec says there's no timetable for deployment of the kiosks and the board will instead work with supermarket chains one-by-one to get kiosks up and running.


Information from: WITF-FM