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Distilled Spirits Council of the United States President & CEO Chris Swonger Statement on the Launch of Negotiations for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement: “This is a very positive development for the U.S. spirits industry.  We applaud the administration for launching trade negotiations with one of our most important trading partners and urge the administration to […]

“This final rule adopts many of the recommendations included in the DISCUS submission filed last June. This was an enormous undertaking by the TTB and represents the first major update to the Part 5 labeling and advertising regulations in decades.  We greatly appreciate the effort that went into carefully reviewing the submissions and finalizing regulations […]

UPDATED RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. alcohol trade groups urged an end to tariffs on EU distilled spirits and wine following the United States decision announced today to impose tariffs of 25 percent on imports of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Malt Irish Whiskey from Northern Ireland, liqueurs and cordials, and wine […]

Alcohol Trade Groups Urge USTR Not to Impose Retaliatory Tariffs on EU Spirits & Wines  WASHINGTON, DC – Up to 78,600 jobs in the U.S. beverage alcohol and hospitality sectors could be lost if distilled spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beer are included on the final U.S. list of European Union (EU) products targeted for retaliatory […]

“We strongly oppose the inclusion of distilled spirits products in any proposed retaliation list.  These tariffs, if imposed, will have numerous unintended negative consequences on U.S. jobs, U.S. consumers and many U.S. companies that export to the EU.  U.S. companies–from farmers, to suppliers to retailers–are already being negatively impacted by the imposition of retaliatory tariffs […]

Trade groups representing several beverage alcohol suppliers, wholesalers, importers and retailers, submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) urging the removal of spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beer from its draft list of European Union (EU) products being targeted for proposed retaliatory tariffs. The preliminary list of targeted EU products, which was announced by […]

The Distilled Spirits Council today welcomed news that the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached an agreement that will result in the prompt repeal of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey exports to Canada and Mexico. “We thank the Administration for reaching an agreement to secure the removal of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey exports to […]

The Distilled Spirits Council today released a new report showing the negative impact of the retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskeys is accelerating, particularly to the European Union (EU), according to full year 2018 export data. Last month, at its Annual Economic Briefing, the Council reported the imposition of retaliatory tariffs beginning in June 2018 caused American […]

Step aside, green beer.  This St. Patrick’s Day, Americans will be celebrating with a dram of super premium Irish Whiskey, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. The Council reports that while the entire category is growing fast, the higher priced categories are “on fire.”  Since 2002, high-end premium and super premium Irish Whiskeys grew a staggering […]

American Whiskey Exports Take Hit From Tariffs The Distilled Spirits Council today reported at its annual economic briefing that 2018 marked the ninth straight year of record spirits sales and volumes, reflecting continued market share gains. Supplier sales were up over 5.1 percent, rising $1.3 billion to a total of $27.5 billion, while volumes rose […]

Provides Bourbon & Tennessee Whiskey Brexit Protections The Distilled Spirits Council enthusiastically welcomed the announcement today that the United States and United Kingdom (U.K.) reaffirmed commitments protecting the distilled spirits trade. The U.S. and the U.K. signed an agreement Jan. 31, 2019, that was announced today , to ensure that reciprocal protection for “Bourbon,” “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Scotch […]

Designed to Assist with Adverse Impact of Retaliatory Tariffs   The Distilled Spirits Council today announced that it applied for and was awarded $815,000 through USDA’s Agricultural Trade Program (ATP), which was set up specifically to assist those agricultural groups that are being adversely impacted by retaliatory tariffs. “USDA recognized the recent imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. spirits […]

The Distilled Spirits Council, in coordination with a diverse, ad hoc coalition of more than 45 business and agricultural groups, today sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer requesting that the United States work with Mexico and Canada to end retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods as soon as possible. “U.S. spirits have […]

The Distilled Spirits Council recently participated in two events to highlight the importance of export markets to the U.S. spirits industry. Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President for International Issues and Trade Christine LoCascio spoke at the Glass Packaging Institute ’s annual meeting about the tremendous growth in U.S. spirits exports over the past two decades and the […]

Urges Quick Removal of Retaliatory Tariffs on American Whiskeys The Distilled Spirits Council today welcomed the announcement of a new, modernized trade agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “Trade is a key component to a strong economy, and the U.S. spirits industry and our consumers benefit from free and fair trade agreements,” said Distilled Spirits […]

Featuring 18 U.S. Distillers at Bar Convent Berlin WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States announced today that it is returning to Berlin, Germany on October 8, 9 and 10, and will showcase American distilled spirits from 18 large, medium, and small distillers in one of Europe’smost important markets. The initiative, […]