Last day of Four Loko shipments in N.Y.

Dec. 10, 2010 at 1:40 PM

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- New York retailers said Friday is the final day they will be receiving shipments of Four Loko and other caffeinated alcoholic beverages.

The New York State Liquor Authority reached an agreement with distributors last month to stop delivering caffeine-laced alcoholic beverages to state retailers and Friday marks the last day for Four Loko fans to stock up, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

Liquor authority spokesman William Crowley said retailers will be given "a reasonable amount of time" to sell off their remaining inventory.

The makers of Four Loko said they are preparing to introduce non-caffeinated versions of the product, which currently holds the alcohol content of three cans of beer and the same amount of caffeine as three cups of coffee.

Mo Alfaki, owner of the West Side Deli in New York, said the announcement of the ban was a boon for Four Loko sales.

"People are coming in, they are curious about the drink," Alfaki said. "I even bought a few different flavors, but I have not drank them. I'm afraid. I hear it makes people crazy."

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