Distilled Spirits Council Director Members to Provide “Serving Facts” Information for Spirits Products as Part of White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
DISCUS Supports White House Conference with Stakeholder Commitment on Labeling
WASHINGTON – In support of the Biden administration’s call for Stakeholder Commitments as part of its White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced today its Director Members’ commitment to providing “serving facts” information for all spirits products available for sale in the United States.
The White House conference, which is being held for the first time in more than 50 years, brings together the public and private sectors to accelerate progress in fighting diet-related disease. As part of the conference, the administration has identified five pillars for action to end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity to reduce diet-related diseases and disparities.
The commitment by DISCUS Director Members to provide “serving facts” information for spirits products supports the White House’s pillar to empower consumers to make healthy choices and foster environments that enable people to easily make informed healthy choices. DISCUS’ support of the conference and the stakeholder commitment by its Director Members was highlighted and commended by the CDC Foundation.
As part of this stakeholder commitment, by June 2024, all spirits products distributed in the United States by DISCUS Director Members will include the following information either on the label directly or via URL/scannable code:
– Serving size
– Number of calories per serving size
– Grams of carbohydrates per serving size
– Grams of protein per serving size
– Grams of fat per serving size
This is in addition to other information already provided to consumers about the contents of spirits products, such as alcohol content, defined class and type, and statement of composition.
“Throughout the decades, the spirits industry has been a leader in developing and supporting programs and initiatives that effectively address and combat the harmful use of alcohol,” said Dr. Amanda Berger, Ph.D., Distilled Spirits Council Vice President of Science and Health. “This includes empowering consumers to make informed decisions when it comes to drinking, and we are pleased to join with the White House in this important endeavor.”
DISCUS has a long history of public-private partnerships with the federal government on responsibility initiatives, including serving as a USDA MyPlate Strategic National Partner committed to disseminating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and promoting responsibility and moderation for adults who choose to consume alcohol.
DISCUS encourages adults who choose to drink to follow the Dietary Guidelines, which outline potential health risks associated with alcohol consumption and states that some people should not drink at all. DISCUS also recommends that individuals with questions regarding alcohol consumption should talk to their physicians to determine what is best for them based on individual factors, such as genetics and lifestyle.
Example of a New Spirits Label
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is the national trade association representing producers, marketers, importers and exporters of distilled spirits products in the United States.