Response to North-American Interfraternity Conference’s New Alcohol Policy By Distilled Spirits Council Interim CEO Clarkson Hine

The North-American Interfraternity Conference is to be commended for taking steps to address alcohol abuse among fraternity members, but to be effective, policies should treat all forms of alcohol equally. While well-intentioned, implementing a policy that bans distilled spirits products while continuing to permit beer and wine is misguided and not supported by the science.  […]

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Distilled Spirits Council to Showcase American Spirits in Germany

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, […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Appoints New Top Finance Executive

The Distilled Spirits Council today announced it has named veteran Washington, D.C. finance executive Charles (Chuck) Wellard, CAE, as senior vice president of finance & administration. 

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New Poll Finds Consumers Prefer Distilled Spirits Over Beer, Wine: Preference for Cocktails Among Most Groups

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  A new Morning Consult survey , with a nationwide sample of more than 2,000 adults, finds that “a plurality of Americans prefer liquor drinks.” According to the poll, 39 percent of consumers prefer distilled spirits, either in a cocktail or straight, 32 percent prefer beer, 25 percent prefer wine. These findings reflect trends in the […]

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Leaders of Global Whiskey Groups Unite in Kentucky, Call on World Leaders to Come Together and Restore Open and Fair Trade of Spirits

Executives with the world’s top whiskey associations today called upon global leaders to engage in timely dialogue that results in the prompt removal of recent tariffs between long-time friends and allies, particularly those imposed on spirits exports. At the “W9 – Spirit of Collaboration Summit,” hosted by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, representatives from nine international […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Says China’s 25 Percent Tariffs on U.S. Whiskeys Could Put Brakes on Export Success Story

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement in response to China imposing a 25 percent tariff on U.S. whiskey products.

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Distilled Spirits Council Extremely Concerned About Potential Harm From Retaliatory Tariffs in Letter to Commerce Secretary Ross

In a letter today presented to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the Distilled Spirits Council said it is “extremely concerned” about the increasing likelihood that the European Union (EU) and other countries will begin retaliating against U.S. spirits products in response to the U.S. decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, and “the impact that retaliatory tariffs will have on U.S. distilled spirits producers, as well as their agricultural and supply chain partners.”

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Deirdre Mahlan Elected Chair of the Distilled Spirits Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council at its summer Board of Directors meeting elected Diageo North America President Deirdre Mahlan Chair of the national trade association, representing leading producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. Mahlan succeeds Moët Hennessy North America President & CEO Jim Clerkin, who has chaired the Council since 2016. […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Urges Massachusetts Lawmakers to Reject New Spirits Bottle Deposit Proposal

The Distilled Spirits Council today urged Massachusetts lawmakers to reject a proposal to impose a new 5-cent per container deposit on all 50-milliliter distilled spirits products, which would impose a significant burden on consumers without providing any intended benefit. “With recycling rates at historic levels, most states recognize that bottle deposit laws are a relic […]

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Distilled Spirits Council of the United States to Showcase American Spirits in Australia

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (Distilled Spirits Council) today announced that it is conducting an export promotion in Sydney, Australia June 14, 18, and 19 to showcase some of the finest American distilled spirits products in one of its most important export markets.

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