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Press Releases

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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October 13, 2020

 The Hospitality Recovery Coalition, an initiative led by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States ( DISCUS ) in partnership with the American Distilled Spirits Alliance ( ADSA ), the Council of State Restaurant Associations ( CSRA ), the National Restaurant Association and TIPs , sent a letter applauding Governor DeWine for signing HB 669 , a bill making cocktails to-go from restaurants and […]

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October 13, 2020

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) released the following statement today after the World Trade Organization (WTO) Arbitrator issued a report stating that the European Union (EU) may impose tariffs on U.S. imports valued at $4 billion in connection with the WTO Boeing dispute: “Instead of further escalation, we hope the U.S. […]

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October 07, 2020

WASHINGTON –  Eighteen associations representing the U.S., European and UK beverage alcohol and related sectors sent a letter today to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the European Commission for Trade expressing their shared opposition to tariffs on wine, distilled spirits and beer and urging for their immediate elimination. The joint letter, sent in response to […]

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October 06, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the leading voice and advocate for the U.S. spirits industry, today announced five companies have joined the organization as Partner Members in the third quarter of 2020, bringing the total number of partner member companies to 34 since the program was established summer 2019. […]

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October 05, 2020

Ban will harm local business, have little to no impact on littering and encourage consumers to shop elsewhere The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) sent a letter to Mayor Paul Heroux registering strong opposition to a proposed sales ban of small alcohol containers – 250 milliliters or less – in Attleboro, Massachusetts. The […]

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Insights and Podcasts

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.