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Press Releases

November 30, 2020

  LAST CALL: December 1 Day of Action Planned to Urge Congressional Passage of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Before Year-End Deadline WASHINGTON –  Leaders in the beverage alcohol sector are urging industry advocates across the nation to participate in a national Day of Action on December 1 by contacting their members of Congress […]

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November 23, 2020

USDA Awards Distilled Spirits Council $564,818 to Promote American Spirits Exports in 2021 WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced it was granted $564,818 through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Market Access Program (MAP) to promote American spirits exports in 2021, a 10 percent increase over […]

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November 17, 2020

Distilled Spirits Council Forms New Environmental Sustainability Working Group Advancing Distillers’ Longstanding  Commitment to Sustainability Through Collaboration WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced today the formation of an Environmental Sustainability Working Group to collaborate and share effective strategies for maximizing resource utilization and eliminating waste at every step of […]

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November 09, 2020

New EU Tariffs on U.S. Spirits Further Devastates Once Booming Transatlantic Drinks Trade WASHINGTON – A coalition of 20 trade associations representing the U.S., European Union and United Kingdom wine and distilled spirits and related sectors today warned that new European Union tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. rum, brandy, vodka and vermouth would increase […]

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October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted a detailed report yesterday with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) identifying key foreign trade barriers impeding U.S. distilled spirits exports. The report provided a comprehensive review of the major trade barriers in countries around the globe, such as retaliatory tariffs, discriminatory taxation, import […]

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October 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), joined by five other associations representing spirits, beer and wine producers, filed an amicus brief yesterday with the Supreme Court in support of Jack Daniel’s petition for certiorari in an important trademark case. The case, Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. v. VIP Products LLC, centers around VIP […]

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October 14, 2020

Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Increased Consumer Clarity and Industry Flexibility Yesterday, the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) updated their policy regarding gluten content statements on distilled spirits, wines and malt beverages. The move aligns TTB with the recently released Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final rule permitting “gluten-free” labeling claims on distilled products made from […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 7) Jim Canepa: Turning Ohio’s Liquor Division Around

Host Chris Swonger is joined by Jim Canepa, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, to discuss how he took the state’s distilled spirits operations from “dumpster fire” to one of the best control states in the nation. David Wojnar, DISCUS vice president of state government relations, also joins to dig into the long – sometimes complicated – relationship with Ohio’s Liquor Control.

Moderation & Responsibility at Home

For those adults who choose to drink, they should do so in moderation and responsibly at all times – even when at home or over virtual experiences. Here are some tips to keep in mind while spending more time at home.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 6) E-Commerce and the Spirits Industry

As COVID-19 has forced consumers to find new ways to enjoy their favorite spirits in the comfort of their home, consumer demand for online sales in the industry has grown. Chris Swonger speaks with president and co-founder of Reserve Bar, Lindsay Held, to see just how e-commerce has been impacted and what the future of the spirits industry looks like.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 5) All About Scotch Whisky

What’s it like to represent one of Scotland’s most accessible and most dynamic industries? Host Chris Swonger speaks with Scotch Whisky Association CEO Karen Betts to find out. Other topics include Brexit, tariffs and the western U.S. coastline.