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Over 80% of Bartenders Plan on Adding Mocktail Options in 2019

Bartenders are letting us in on their exciting 2019 cocktail trends in a recent survey. Just over Eighty percent of bartenders surveyed stated they will start to incorporate more creative mocktail options; using house-made syrups, tonics, fermented ingredients, and non-alcoholic spirits such as Seedlip. Another trends is the shift towards more environmentally friendly choices. Eighty eight percent of bartenders are incorporating fresh and sustainable details to highlight their new coctails, such as incorporating edible garnishes, adding bee-hives, serving room-temperature cocktails, and portioning fewer ingredients in multiple items. Many also plan to experiment with creative, unique, and extraordinary flavor combinations, to create a surprise element for cocktail drinkers. This includes the nutritious addition of mushrooms. Surprisingly, seventy percent of bartenders are coming up with mushroom-infused drinks. Rose and turmeric are other ingredients and flavors that many bartenders surveyed expect to use in 2019. Source: Forbes.com, December...

E-Commerce is changing the spirits industry

E-commerce now penetrates almost every market segment in the U.S. and the alcoholic beverage industry is no exception. E-commerce began slowly due to the three tier system and a reluctance of many markets to expand online but over time sentiment and laws have softened. Experts now anticipate growth of 30 to 40 percent per year for at least the next five years as the sector expands. Early alcohol delivery services include: Drizly, Amazon, and Boxed, with others entering the market every quarter. These new services aim to make the purchasing of alcohol fast and convenient for the largest new market – tech-savvy millennials. These delivery services sell alcohol over the internet, have mobile applications, and some are planning bulk spirits delivery in the near...

Organic Wine Consumption is a Growing Trend

Throughout the past five years, organic wine consumption has increased in growth at 70 percent.  This increase is up from 3.36 million 9 liter cases in 2012 to 5.72 million 9 liter cases in 2017. Old World expressions account for 73% of this, while six in every 10 bottles are red. It is easier to sell organic wines when their price point is already expected to be higher. Studies predict that the value of organic wine will outperform volume growth at a CAGR of over 10.5 percent between 2017 and 2022 amounting to an estimated $1.15 billion. Source: thedrinksbusiness.com, November...

Tennessee vs. Byrd, Interstate Shipping and Florida

Interstate shipping has long been an area of contention because consumers are expecting more variety and better choices. There are statements from the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT), requesting that the state permit out-of-state retailers to ship wine into Florida. The outcome in Florida is strongly tied to how the Supreme Court rules on Tennessee vs Byrd on January. Byrd will determine the effect on other states, and the rest of the retail, wholesale and winery industry will have to wait for the outcome. Source: wine-searcher.com November,...

News from TTB

TTB published a rulemaking document (Notice No. 176) in the Federal Register of Monday, November 26, 2018, to update, simplify, and clarify the labeling and advertising regulations for wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages. This is the part of the initiative to Facilitate Commerce through a Modern Labeling Program Focused on Service and Market Compliance. This is one of the TTB’s five strategic goals outlined in our current Strategic Plan. In recent years, the TTB has made significant improvements to modernize their labeling program and reduce approval times for labels. Part of this initiative is by employing a range of strategies, including eliminating the need to obtain formula approval in certain instances, expanding the list of changes that can be made to approved labels without getting a new Certificate of Label Approval (COLA), updating COLAs Online and Formulas Online to better meet user needs and expectations, increasing guidance about label and formula requirements by improving content on TTB.gov, offering webinars, and adding staff to improve overall service levels. The updated labeling and advertising regulations will facilitate industry compliance by simplifying and clarifying regulatory standards, incorporating guidance documents and other current policies into the regulations, and reducing regulatory burden on industry members where possible. Source: TTB November,...

NBWA joined support on Amicus Brief in US Supreme Court Case

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents America’s 3,000 independent beer distributors with operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. The NBWA filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Byrd. By doing so, they joined a diverse group of stakeholders in support of the 21st Amendment which empowers states to establish a regulatory framework for alcohol. Source: NBWA November,...