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Baldwin, Cotton Lead Bill to Ensure Fair Aluminum Pricing for American Brewers

Bipartisan legislation would increase transparency in aluminum pricing and provide stability for American workers and breweries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) reintroduced the Aluminum Pricing Examination (APEX) Act, bipartisan legislation to level the playing field and ensure unfair market practices do not disproportionately harm the American beer industry and the more than two million jobs it supports.

The APEX Act will bring much-needed transparency to aluminum benchmark pricing, which helps all those in the beer industry and the multitude of American businesses that rely on aluminum.

“Wisconsin’s beer industry supports nearly 70,000 jobs, has a $12 billion economic impact, and continues the Badger State’s proud legacy of filling mugs across the world,” said Senator Baldwin. “Many of our brewers rely on fair aluminum pricing in order to sustain jobs and grow our economy, and I’m proud to champion this bipartisan legislation to bring stability and transparency to the price of aluminum.”

“Arkansas brewers employ thousands of Arkansans, and the APEX Act will ensure these brewers are paying a fair, market price for aluminum," said Senator Cotton.

Under current law, no federal agency has direct oversight authority over the aluminum benchmarking system. The APEX Act addresses this problem by providing much-needed oversight authority over aluminum premium benchmarking entities. The APEX Act grants the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the statutory authority to conduct oversight of the aluminum market and to investigate price setting, benchmarking, and reporting entities. This bill also enables the Department of Justice to consult with the CFTC to ensure all regulatory and oversight actions align with antitrust statutes, including those that publish the Midwest Premium.

The bill is supported by the Beer Institute, the Brewers Association, the American Beverage Association, the Flexible Packaging Association, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the Consumer Brands Association.

“The Beer Institute commends Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) for the reintroduction of the APEX Act, which will bring much-needed transparency to the aluminum pricing process,” said Brian Crawford, president and CEO of the Beer Institute. “Aluminum is the single largest input cost in American beer manufacturing, and this legislation will provide pricing clarity and certainty to countless U.S. industries, and to many American consumers, that depend on aluminum, including beer.

"The consumer packaged goods industry relies on aluminum to make and package everything from aluminum foil to canned goods. The APEX Act provides much-needed transparency to the metal market, protecting consumers from higher costs and ensuring proper accounting of tariffs and supplier pricing," said Tom Madrecki, Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics at Consumer Brands Association. "We thank Senators Baldwin and Cotton for reintroducing the APEX Act and continuing to seek solutions that put consumers first and bring clarity to inflated costs."

“The APEX Act is a common-sense proposal that will provide much-needed transparency in aluminum pricing,” said Gavin Hattersley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Molson Coors. “Aluminum is the single largest commodity cost across the beer industry, making it imperative to have fair and open price discovery processes for buyers and sellers alike. We thank Senators Baldwin and Cotton for their leadership on this critical issue.”

For the full text of this legislation, click here.