Trade groups urge end to ‘excessive’ tariffs

A coalition of 20 industry bodies has called for the immediate removal of tariffs on EU and US products before the “once-booming transatlantic drinks trade” suffers further damage. Trade associations including the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus), Spirits Europe and the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) have published a statement warning that further European Union (EU) tariffs of 25% on US rum, brandy, vodka and vermouth would “increase the tensions” around the ongoing trade…

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Trade groups back Jack Daniel’s in dog toy lawsuit

Six alcohol trade groups have filed a legal document urging the US Supreme Court to reverse a trademark ruling regarding a dog toy that replicates a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, claiming it would promote irresponsible drinking. In 2018, Jack Daniel’s launched a lawsuit against dog toy maker VIP Products over its Bad Spaniel’s Old No.2 on your Tennessee Carpet product. The dog toy replicates a Jack Daniel’s bottle with black labels and white text and…

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TTB revises labelling rule on gluten-free spirits

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has updated its policy to allow producers to label their spirits as ‘gluten-free’ if they are made from gluten-containing grains, a move said to provide “greater flexibility” for the industry. The move comes three months after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that distilled foods made from gluten-containing grains can be labelled as ‘gluten-free’. As the rule applied to distilled foods, spirits could only…

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Tariffs cause 41% fall in American whiskey exports

Eighteen trade groups have written a joint letter calling for the urgent removal of tariffs on spirits, which have led to a 41% drop in exports of American whiskey to the EU. According to new research released by the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus), American whiskey exports to the EU – the US spirits industry’s largest export market – dropped from US$757 million to US$449m between August 2019 and July 2020. In October…

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Discus: craft distillers ‘crushed’ by pandemic

Craft distillers in the US have been “crushed” by the Covid-19 pandemic and are expected to lose more than US$700 million worth of sales this year, a new study has highlighted. The study, conducted by trade body the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus), looked at data from a June 2020 survey by the American Distilling Institute (ADI), a trade association for craft distillers in the States. Combining lost tasting room sales and lost…

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