BevAlc Roundup | DtC sales grow as global wine production dips, Canada chooses not to open to DtC, and mead makes a 1,000-year comeback

Daniel Kostrzewa | April 30, 2018

April showers are bringing May grapes and hops and barley and rye and all the other budding plants that bring us joy! This week’s roundup showcases a few posts from the ShipCompliant blog you may have missed, including a look at which regions drove the DtC market in 2017 and new DtC rules coming into effect in Kentucky. That and why global wine production dropped significantly in 2017, and how advancements in gene therapy could help make more resistant, tastier crops.

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TTB Newsletter | Top stories include an upcoming webinar about whisky, and two long-time TTB employees are retiring. TTB

New DtC Rules In Kentucky For Wineries and Distilleries | While the bill appears to be a big win for the Bluegrass State’s bourbon industry, it is as yet unclear what all effects the new rules will have on the DtC market. ShipCompliant

Pay-to-Play Schemes Keep TTB Busy | How to stay out of trouble in the US wine sales business.

Canadian Supreme Court Upholds Restrictions on Interprovincial Transportation of Alcohol | The Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling in a highly anticipated case affecting the movement of alcohol across provincial borders, which was forecast by some as a potential Granholm moment for the nation. ShipCompliant

Florida Clarifies Permissibility of Delivery by Third Party Providers | Earlier this month, Florida legislature passed a bill clarifying that alcohol vendors, including DtC shippers, can, in fact, contract with common carriers to fulfill their deliveries.


DtC Shipping: Regional Focus | In 2017, Napa overcame adversity, while Sonoma and Oregon drove growth in the DtC channel. ShipCompliant

Global Wine Output Sinks To A 60-Year Low | Poor weather conditions in the European Union has caused global wine output to fall to its lowest level in 60 years. Business Insider

Northwest Wines Drive Strong Sales | Oregon and Washington wines claiming larger shares of off-premise and DtC sales. Wines&Vines


Using CRISPR On Grapes | New technologies like gene editing old promise form improving the fruit’s resistance to disease. SevenFifty Daily

How Craft Brewers Are Shaping the Spirits Industry | The curious minds behind the craft beer revolution are seeking new adventures, and you’re about to reap the benefits. Food & Wine

Mead Makers Bring Old Beverage Into New Era | Everything old is new again, and in the case of mead – the ancient fermented honey beverage – makers are partying like it’s 1999…B.C. SF Gate

The Rise Of Unfiltered Spirits | Distillers discuss the effects of chill filtering on clarity — and flavor. SevenFifty Daily