WHAT’S THE NEW COSMOPOLITAN? Latin Spirits Make A Big Splash In America’s Cocktails

With close proximity to the Caribbean and Central America, the US has been heavily influenced by the infectious rhythms and flavors of Latin culture. Evidence of this new ‘Latin Invasion’ typified by the popularity of music from the likes of J-LO, Shakira, Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias, is quickly finding its way into America’s cocktails […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL: LATEST ATTACK BY CSPI A “PUBLICITY STUNT RERUN”

WASHINGTON, DC, July 16, 2002 – Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President Frank Coleman today chided CSPI for its latest attack on flavored malt beverage advertising as a “publicity stunt rerun.” Coleman noted that less than six weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission concluded a year-long investigation and dismissed CSPI’s identical 2001 allegations about flavored […]

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SOUTH CAROLINA BECOMES 9TH STATE IN THREE YEARS TO PASS TASTINGS LAW

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2002 — Under a new law signed yesterday, South Carolina now joins the growing trend of states permitting consumers to sample distilled spirits at tasting events in liquor stores, according to Distilled Spirits Council President Peter H. Cressy. The Distilled Spirits Council has made the passage of tastings laws a key element […]

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WHO’S THE REAL MARTHA OF JULY 4TH ENTERTAINING? MARTHA WASHINGTON’S ORIGINAL TOAST TO INDEPENDENCE

New York, July 2002 – Martha Stewart may be today’s doyenne of domesticity, but our country’s first First Lady Martha Washington was a skilled entertainer at her Virginia home, Mount Vernon. Martha’s couture cocktails were traditionally served to guests before dinner, which in the 1790’s was a protracted affair that began at three in the […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL: MASSACHUSETTS LIQUOR TAX HIKE DEFEATED

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2002 – The Massachusetts Senate defeated a proposal June 13 to impose a five percent sales tax on distilled spirits, a move heralded by the Distilled Spirits Council as “sound social, economic and fiscal policy.” The tax increase, proposed as an amendment to the budget, called for a five percent tax increase […]

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STUDY: SUNDAY SALES OF LIQUOR AND WINE TO INCREASE STATE REVENUES BY $70 MILLION — SUNDAY SALES BRINGS INCREASED REVENUE, EMPLOYMENT AND CONSUMER CONVENIENCE —

June 19, 2002 – The state of New York could generate up to $70 million in new tax revenue and 2,000 new jobs if proposed legislation is passed to allow Sunday sales of wine and liquor at package stores, according to a study released today by the former Director of Tax and Fiscal Studies for […]

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TENNESSEE TAX PROPOSAL UNWARRANTED ATTACK ON STRUGGLING HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2002 – A tax proposal calling for an 80 percent increase on beer, wine and spirits was blasted today by the Distilled Spirits Council as “an unwarranted attack on a home-state industry that employs thousands and contributes significantly to Tennessee’s heritage, culture and economic well-being.” “The distilled spirits industry generates thousands […]

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SENATE PASSES TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY 66-30 LEGISLATION CRITICAL FOR GROWTH OF DISTILLED SPIRITS INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2002 – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States applauded the Senate’s passage yesterday of the Trade Act of 2002, calling the legislation an important tool in knocking down discriminatory trade barriers against distilled spirits exports. Similar legislation passed the House on December 6, 2001, by a vote of 215-214, […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL LAUNCHES GLOBAL DISTILLERY MEDIA TOURS PROGRAM FIRST STOP: HISTORIC BOURBON DISTILLERIES OF KENTUCKY

Washington, D.C.—The Distilled Spirits Council today announced a new global media program of visits to member company distilleries designed to explore the heritage and character of the many categories of liquor from around the world. The program, “Spirits Around the Globe,” which launches May 21st with a two-day trip to four historic Kentucky Bourbon distilleries, […]

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FORMER SEAGRAM NORTH AMERICA PRESIDENT STEVE BELLINI TO HEAD NEW INDUSTRY RELATIONS SLOT AT DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2002 – Distilled Spirits Council President Peter H. Cressy today announced the appointment of former Seagram North America President Steve Bellini as Vice President of Industry Relations, a new position designed to build closer relations with the wholesale and retail tiers of the beverage alcohol industry. Cressy said, at a time of […]

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