Distilled Spirits Council Honors Spirits Industry Icons at Inaugural Conference Awards Dinner

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– More than 350 spirits industry professionals joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) in honoring industry leaders at an awards dinner at the DISCUS inaugural conference in Louisville, Ky. The event, emceed by Fred Minnick, Wall Street Journal-bestselling author, bourbon curator and taster, took place on Tuesday evening at the […]

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Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Statement in Response to U.S. Announcement to Maintain Retaliatory Tariffs on EU Distilled Spirits Products

The distilled spirits industry on both sides of the Atlantic has suffered enough.  We urge the Administration and our EU trading partners to de-escalate this trade dispute by simultaneously removing the U.S. tariffs on EU beverage alcohol products and the EU’s tariff on American Whiskey. Since October 18, 2019, the U.S. has imposed a 25% […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Economic Report: Tariffs Cause Rough Seas on Both Sides of the Atlantic, Strong U.S. Spirits Market in Jeopardy

The devastating impact of the retaliatory tariffs on distilled spirits products is accelerating, threatening to upend the decade of growth in the U.S. spirits sector, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) reported today at its annual economic briefing for media and analysts. “While it was another strong year for U.S. spirits sales, […]

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Spirits United Continues to Gain Momentum

17,000 advocates and multiple partner organizations join spirits industry’s grassroots platform WASHINGTON – More than 17,000 supporters and 10 industry groups have joined Spirits United , the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States’ (DISCUS) grassroots platform designed to mobilize the spirits industry and its consumers on key policy issues. “We kicked-off Spirits United in August, and […]

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DISCUS statement on signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States President & CEO Chris Swonger released the following statement on the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):  “The USMCA is a tremendous achievement that will reaffirm free trade with two of the United States’ most important export markets. Without tariffs to impede business, the spirits industry will continue to grow […]

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Distilled Spirits Council of the US Hosts Inaugural Annual Conference Feb. 17-19 in Louisville, KY

The Distilled Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced the line-up for its sold-out February 17-19 Inaugural Annual Conference at the Omni Hotel in Louisville, KY.  “Forging a Modern Distilled Spirits Marketplace” features prominent public officials, spirits producers, industry and trade association leaders, as well as experts in operating in the next generation of […]

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A Spirit of Unity: Leading EU & US Producer Associations Issue Joint Call for Urgent Return to Tariff-free Spirits Trade

A spirit of unity: Leading EU & US producer associations issue joint call for urgent return to tariff-free transatlantic spirits trade to end growing risks and avoidable economic damage to consumers & distillers on both sides of the Atlantic Brussels, 27 January 2020 – spiritsEUROPE and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) joined […]

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U.S.-Bolivia Agreement Signed Recognizing Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey As “Distinctive Products” of the U.S. in Exchange for Recognition of Singani

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Bolivia’s Foreign Minister Karen Longaric signed an agreement today to officially recognize each countries native distilled spirits. Under the agreement, the United States will recognize Singani, a type of brandy, as a distinctive product of Bolivia; and in return, Bolivia will recognize Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey as distinctive […]

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Distilled Spirits Council of the United States President & CEO Chris Swonger released the following statement applauding Senate passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“The USMCA will help ensure the continued growth of the U.S. spirits industry, promote job growth and drive economic prosperity in the United States. We are grateful to President Trump and members from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate for their advocacy on this issue. The bipartisan agreement supports distillers, farmers […]

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Distilled Spirits Council of the United States President & CEO Chris Swonger statement on the signing of the Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China

“The Phase One trade agreement between China and the United States, which led to China’s suspension of additional tariff increases on certain U.S. spirits products, is a sign of real progress and a welcomed first step.  We appreciate the Trump Administration’s efforts to address longstanding trade barriers with China. We commend China and the Trump […]

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