US and China sign Phase One trade deal

The Distilled Spirits Council of the US is urging China and the US to “continue negotiations” for a deal that removes tariffs on US spirits after the Phase One trade agreement between the two nations was signed yesterday (15 January). On Friday 23 August 2019, China’s Finance Ministry announced its intention to implement additional tariffs worth US$75 billion on 5,078 items, including American whiskey. The move was in response to US president Donald Trump’s decision…

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Calls to end US-EU tariff war or risk thousands of jobs

Alcohol trade bodies have called for an end to US tariffs on certain EU distilled spirits, including single malt Scotch, after research estimated up to 78,600 US jobs could be lost if the tariffs continue or are increased. Trade body the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) and numerous other groups have written to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) urging an end to the tariff dispute. The US imposed tariffs on various EU…

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Tito’s overtakes Smirnoff as top-selling spirit in US

Texas-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka became the best-selling spirit in the US in 2019, knocking Smirnoff off the top spot for the first time in more than a decade. Preliminary figures from the IWSR US Beverage Alcohol Review (US BAR) database showed Diageo’s Smirnoff vodka was no longer the top-selling spirit in the US, with the top spot now occupied by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s grew by more than 20% in volume in 2019. Vodka remains…

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Blacktail closes as site proves to be ‘stretch economically’

New York bar Blacktail, the second venue from award-winning duo Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, has closed due to financial issues as a result of its “challenging location”. Blacktail first opened its doors in 2016, following the success of Muldoon and McGarry’s award-winning Dead Rabbit venue. The venue took inspiration from the American bars found in Havana, Cuba, during Prohibition, but closed on 11 January. A statement published on the bar’s Instagram page on 4…

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US government extends tax cut for craft distillers

Spirits producers in the US are breathing a sigh of relief after the government agreed to a one-year extension of a federal tax cut for craft brewers and distillers. The US introduced legislation that extends the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act for another 12 months on Tuesday (17 December). A two-year version of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was introduced in 2018 as part of US president Donald Trump’s US$1.4…

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