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Scottish Peat flavors now seen in American vodka

Scottish single-malt scotch has been known to incorporate the decaying vegetation of Peat wetlands in the distillation process, which displays smoky, briny, woody, or floral flavors. This element unique to scotch has now made its way to American whiskey, gin, rum, and surprisingly vodka. Peat-smoked spirits enhance the sophistication and complexity of the drink. Other areas of Eastern Europe and America’s Pacific Northwest are anticipated to experiment with peat-smoked characteristics to enhance the flavors, aromas, and sophistication of the product. Source: WSWA SmartBrief, December...

Excise Taxes Rates for Wine Across the Country

Some of the highest excise taxes on wine in the country are seen in the south. Kentucky has the highest at $3.47 per gallon, followed by Alaska at $2.50, and then Florida at $2.25, Iowa at $1.75 following with a tie between Alabama and New Mexico at $1.70. Excise taxes are paid on certain products, such as alcohol, cigarettes, soda, gasoline, among other goods. In most cases, excise taxes are passed directly to the consumer to display raised prices. The lowest excise taxes on wine in the country are seen in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas, and New York, ranging between 20 and 30 cents per gallon. Source: WSWA SmartBrief, December...
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Craft Distillery Numbers Are On The Rise

The number of US craft distilleries has risen 26 percent. The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) compiled the data from recent years to find that in 2016 there were 1,315 distillers, which then rose to 1,589 in 2017. 32.7 percent of all craft distilleries are located in the West, with a total of 148 in California, the nation’s state with the most distilleries. The South, specifically Texas, North Carolina, and Kentucky, consist of 29.3 percent of all distilleries, followed by the Midwest and then Northeast with 19.1 percent and 18.9 percent respectively. Source: beveragedaily.com, October...

Organic wines growing in popularity and exposure

A 2018 wine survey including more than 750 wine industry importers, wholesalers, and retailers, was recently released showing the latest wine trends. Tops on the list of growing categories was organic wines. Organic wines, once considered a niche area 10 years ago, are now in the top three categories of wine globally. One of the most popular organic wines is rosé .  The rosé market as a whole has seen tremendous growth, with twenty five percent of respondents reporting that it will continue it’s impressive growth in the U.S.  Additionally, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot wines will continue to command the greatest demand over the next two years across the globe. Source: Wine & Spirits Daily, December...

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,...