BevAlc Roundup | The Problem With Wine Tariffs, White Claw’s Very Good Summer, and How to Import Alcohol

Alex Koral | September 16, 2019

With September now halfway over (!), we are rapidly moving through the harvest and into the busy holiday shopping season. This can be an extremely hectic time of year, with lots going on, and so we hope you can relax for a little bit and enjoy our Roundup.

This week, we look at Florida, which is moving to permit DtC shipping of wine by retailers; also, are cancer warning labels on alcohol bottles right around the corner?; and California’s best wines may have had their start in a laboratory.

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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 we’re about to make some changes to our website, we’re looking for good candidates to fill an auditor position in Tampa, and we’ve resolved a recent case by accepting an offer in compromise. TTB

Out-of-State Wine Shipping Options Expand in Florida | As of August 1, 2019 out-of-state retailers could begin shipping wine direct-to-consumer (DtC) to Florida residents. ShipCompliant by Sovos

Research Shows That Wine Tariffs Are Not Easy; Increasing Them May Be Harder | It seems each year European wines show up on retail shelves in my part of the country costing a little more than the year before, so what would happen if President Trump goes through with his twice-threatened tariff increase on French wines? Forbes

The TTB Crusade Against Small Producers and the “Consignment Sale” Business Model | By now most of the industry knows about the TTB’s crusade against small wineries in California, Oregon and elsewhere that use extended payment terms to provide wine to wholesalers in out-of-state markets. Booze Rules

Court Dismisses Challenge to TTB’s Rejection of Health Claims on Vodka | In 2016, Bellion petitioned TTB to approve eight specific claims related to the NTX-infused vodka. After consulting with the federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA), in 2017 TTB rejected all eight claims. Alcohol Law Advisor

Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments

Get Ready for Cancer Warnings on Wine Labels | The volume of the narrative that is attempting to say wine consumption is “just like smoking” is growing and discussions have started regarding changing the warning labels on the back of wine. SVB on Wine

How the Hell Is White Claw Hard Seltzer Outselling Budweiser? | We examine the phenomenal growth of hard seltzer and predict its staying power. Daily Beast

Why X Marks the Spot for Selling Wine | Give the overlooked Gen-X drinkers substance, fun and a story and they’re all yours.

Why Winemakers Should be Fighting Against Herbicide Drift | A grape grower whose vineyards have been damaged speaks out on why it’s a threat to the industry. SevenFifty Daily


How to Enter the U.S. Market With a New Alcohol Brand | A guide to the country’s regulatory system and the options for importing wine, beer, and spirits products. SevenFifty Daily

Some of California’s Most Famous Wines Came From a Science Experiment | Michael Benedict’s research led to his founding the first vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. Forbes

Wine in Cans Soars in Stores | Research hints at why it’s more than a Millennial movement. North Bay Business Journal


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