FAQ

How can Badger State Winery Cooperative help my business?
BSWC is a means for small wineries to affordably enter the wholesale market. You have the flexibility of managing your own growth on your own terms. Average cost per case sold through the co-op is $4.00 based on a $100 wholesale case price.

Can I keep my current customers but have another distributor sell in other parts of the state?
Yes. However, all product must first be invoiced through the cooperative. 125.545(4) Wis. Stats. states that a winery “…may make its wine available for purchase by a retailer or another wholesaler only through the cooperative wholesaler of which it is a member. A member of a cooperative may not sell its wine directly to any other wholesaler or directly to a retailer.”

 

Application Questions:

What is the Small winery Certification Letter? 
These are sent out by the Department of Revenue in April. If you have not been in business for a full year, please note this on your application and you can forward a copy of the certification to us the following April when you receive it.

What are AB-157 and AB-121?
If you have not yet filed these forms with the Wisconsin Depart of Revenue, please download, fill out, and submit them to the DOR. The cooperative needs a copy of the filled out AB-157 and either a copy of the permit application (AB-121) being sent to the DOR or a copy of your salesperson’s permit if you already have one.

 

Invoice Questions:

 Co-op Invoicing Instructions Download

How can I adjust an invoice?
Invoices can be edited for 24 hours after creation. If you need to adjust an older invoice, please void the old invoice by sliding the button for the invoice in the active column to inactive, then create a new invoice. You can also email info@badgerstatewinecoop.com to have the incorrect invoice voided.

What information does Benton Bank need to properly credit a payment?
1. The member winery being paid.
2. The invoice number(s) being paid.
3. The check amount must match the total(s) of the invoice(s) being paid.

If Benton Bank does not receive enough information, or the check amount does not match the invoice(s), they must return the check to the issuing vendor.
Benton Bank cannot make changes to invoices you have created, and they are not legally allowed to hold checks for several days pending resolution.  

Some members choose to have payments written to Badger State Wine Co-op mailed to them and then the member winery forwards payments to Benton State Bank themselves WITH proper invoice stubs, in order to control the process and catch potential issues. 

 

Contact Information:
Badger State Winery Cooperative
Heather Kelly, Treasurer
8550 Greenway Blvd #406
Middleton, WI 53562

info@badgerstatewinecoop.com