Alcohol-ordering startup uncorks suit against 2 dominant distributors

An Illinois startup that allows bars and restaurants to buy alcohol online sued the United States’ two largest alcohol wholesalers Tuesday, alleging the companies conspired to block its orders to force customers to use their own digital platforms.

The antitrust suit, filed in Chicago federal court by the alcohol e-commerce platform Provi, targets Southern Glazer’s and Republic National Distributing Co., the only two national alcohol wholesalers.

The lawsuit comes after a Treasury report last month found that significant consolidation in alcohol distribution

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