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Press Releases

December 07, 2023

PRESS STATEMENT The clock is ticking. Time to permanently remove tariffs on sectors unrelated to the steel and aluminum and large civil aircraft disputes! With less than a month before […]

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November 28, 2023

Statement by Chris Swonger, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council and Responsibility.Org, on the Departure of Ann Mukherjee as Vice Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard North America   “On […]

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November 16, 2023

New Poll Finds Alabamians Overwhelmingly Support Spirits-Based Canned Cocktails Being Sold Alongside Beer and Wine The Alabamians Ready for Convenience Coalition (ARCC) today announced a new survey conducted by McLaughlin […]

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November 15, 2023

Program open to any beverage alcohol professional looking to grow their leadership expertise The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced it is now accepting applications for […]

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November 02, 2023

Distilled Spirits Council Outlines Key Foreign Trade Barriers Impacting the U.S. Spirits Sector in Report to USTR  –Permanent Removal of Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Spirits Remains Top Priority–  WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits […]

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October 25, 2023

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced the graduating classes of DISCUS Academy ’s three leadership certificate programs: the Executive Leadership Program, the Developing Leadership Program and the […]

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October 23, 2023

Distilled Spirits Council Collaborating with Women of the Vine & Spirits for Annual Conference in San Diego Registration for the premier industry event open now  WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 3) Spirits Perspective: Combating COVID-19

DISCUS President and CEO Chris Swonger discusses impacts of COVID-19 with Bob Dorfman, director of Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services. Specifically, Bob delves into the creative solutions his team has used to ensure business stay operational while protecting consumers and employees.

Hand Sanitizer: Keep Out of Reach of Children

We want to do our part to raise awareness with a public education campaign providing a reminder that hand sanitizers containing alcohol should be kept out of reach of children.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 2) Part Two: (American) Whiskey, Tariffs and COVID-19

DISCUS President and CEO Chris Swonger shares a drink with Amir Peay, owner of James E. Pepper distillery in Lexington, Kentucky. Peay sheds light on how tariffs are affecting U.S. businesses like his, while delving into the history that allowed him to revive the James E. Pepper brand.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 1) Part One: (Irish) Whiskey, Tariffs and COVID-19

In the first-ever Spirted Advocate Podcast episode, DISCUS President and CEO Chris Swonger shares a drink with William Lavelle, head of the Irish Whiskey Association. From tariffs to current concerns surrounding COVID-19, William brings an international perspective to topical issues facing the distilled spirits industry – and Irish Whiskey in particular.