BevAlc Roundup | Whither DtC Shipping of Alcohol, Wine and Climate Change, and Revamping Nonalcoholic Beer

Alex Koral | August 5, 2019

We’ve turned the calendars to August this last week, meaning both that the heat will continue to impose itself in full force — and that fall is just around the corner, bringing the harvest and pumpkin-flavored beer (though if trends are to be believed, we should see plenty of pumpkin spice hard seltzers on shelves soon). 

But before we let the weather cool and move onto the busy upcoming season, we have a little more time to enjoy these dog days. Maybe you’ll do so with the Roundup? This week we look at how legislative proposals in Oregon are splitting the state’s different grape growing regions; also, malt beverage revenues are up so far this year, but largely due to growth in hard seltzers; and will robots take over as wine tasters?

In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report is available for download. Get your copy today here.

Thanks for reading the Roundup this week. As ever, be sure to check out the rest of the ShipCompliant by Sovos blog for regular updates, and we’ll see you again in another couple of weeks.

Regulatory News and Discussions

TTB Newsletter | This week’s top news includes that our laboratories have achieved two-year ISO 17025 re-accreditation, our formula web page study is now closed, and we’re hiring in our Office of Analytics. TTB

What’s Next in the DtC Shipping of Alcohol | With only a few holdouts left, it seems like there might be an end to that journey in sight. And so we are inevitably asked, what next? ShipCompliant by Sovos

Legislative Proposals Cause Cracks in Oregon’s Wine Industry | A series of bills introduced in the 2019 Legislature that called for raising the state’s wine standards and enforcement have split opinions within the different wine regions in the state. Fresno Bee

Lawsuit Challenging Grape Laws For Minnesota Wineries Moves Forward | A lawsuit that challenges current Minnesota laws stipulating that wineries here must use a majority of Minnesota-grown grapes is moving forward. WCCO-CBS

No More ABC Stores? New Bill Would Revamp North Carolina Liquor Laws | House Bill 971 would allow retailers such as Walmart and grocery stores to sell liquor and scrap the government-run ABC stores in place. WCNC-NBC

A Clear-Eyed Look at the Future For Interstate Retail Wine Shipping | 37 states, even some that allow interstate winery shipping to consumers, still prohibit or limit interstate retailer wine shipping direct to consumers. Forbes

Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments

Leveraging Direct-to-Consumer Shipping and Sales Reports to Make Data-Driven Business Decisions | Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) reports are a great way to get data-driven information to help guide business decisions. ShipCompliant by Sovos

Beer Sales Are Up, but It’s Because of White Claw | Beer sales at retail outlets tracked by market research firm IRI are up 3.5 percent to nearly $19.5 billion year-to-date through July 14, 2019. VinePair

Why Napa Valley Needs to Start Talking About Climate Change | A winemaker makes the case that the time to start identifying solutions to Napa’s climate concerns is now. SevenFifty Daily

California’s Most Expensive Wines | The seemingly unstoppable price hikes for Napa’s top wines would appear to be running out of steam.

China, Heat, and Trump: Why French Winemakers Are Having the Worst Summer Ever | The French wine industry on Monday weighed into an escalating spat between the Trump Administration and Paris over France’s proposed new tax on technology companies, saying: leave us out of it, S’il vous plaît! Fortune


How Craft Brewers Are Redefining the Nonalcoholic Beer Category | Long stigmatized as characterless, alcohol-free beers are now being brewed with premium ingredients in a variety of styles. SevenFifty Daily

New App Says It Will Translate Wine Labels | Creators of a new AI application have said it will translate wine bottle labels into any language, but are industry experts convinced? Decanter

How Robot Tongues Are Measuring Taste For the Food and Beverage Industry | In a nice touch of irony, this inherently human sensory experience is being increasingly monitored – and replicated – by artificial intelligence and other technological advances. Forbes

When Will a Wine Label Backfire? | Tank Garage Winery caused a small storm on social media this week, when they released a wine with a pornographic label. Is there a place for such labels? Wine Business International


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