The alcohol industry in Maryland has traditionally dictated its own regulations. Two companies distribute 90 percent of the wine and spirits sold in Maryland, according to industry testimony before the General Assembly last year. These distributors work very closely with packaged goods stores to maintain the status quo because it is in their best interests. The distributors oppose allowing grocery or chain stores to sell alcohol — even though they would actually sell more by volume — because of their fear of the chains' purchasing power. Under the current system, with only one liquor license allowed per Maryland applicant, the distributors have little to fear from one problematic account. Were the state to allow Giant to sell beer and wine in all 98 of its Maryland stores, however, Giant would have significant say in when, what and how much it was willing to buy.