Study: COVID-19 Crushes Craft Distillers

Study: COVID-19 Crushes Craft Distillers 41 percent of craft distillers’ sales evaporate; 31 percent of employees furloughed  A new study of fresh data on the crushing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on craft distillers reveals that 41 percent of their sales evaporated—worth more than $700 million—and 31 percent of their employees have been furloughed. A significant […]

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Statement by DISCUS President & CEO Chris Swonger Regarding the FDA’s Final Rule on “Gluten-Free” Labeling

Statement by Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Chris Swonger Regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s Final Rule on “Gluten-Free” Labeling “We commend FDA for this consumer-friendly ruling that will allow ‘gluten-free’ labeling claims to be included on distilled foods made from gluten-containing grains, and urge TTB to act swiftly to align policies allowing the […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Submits Official Dietary Guidelines Comments Opposing Controversial Proposal to Change the Moderate Drinking Definition

 Report “seriously flawed” and proposal “not supported by preponderance of evidence” WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted official written comments yesterday to the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) highlighting critical flaws in the Dietary Guidelines Scientific Report and underscoring its opposition to the proposal […]

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DISCUS Statement in Response to U.S. Decision to Maintain Retaliatory Tariffs on EU Distilled Spirits Products

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Statement in Response to U.S. Decision to Maintain Retaliatory Tariffs on EU Distilled Spirits Products Today USTR announced the existing 25 percent tariffs will remain on Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Malt Irish Whiskey from Northern Ireland, and liqueurs and cordials from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the […]

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DISCUS Science Advisor Testifies at Dietary Guidelines Virtual Hearing Against Proposal to Change Moderate Drinking Definition

Distilled Spirits Council Science Advisor Testifies at Dietary Guidelines Virtual Hearing Against Proposal to Change Moderate Drinking Definition  Proposal is “seriously flawed” and “not supported by preponderance of evidence” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Sam Zakhari, science advisor to the Distilled Spirits Council and a former division director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and […]

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Distilled Spirits Council & American Craft Spirits Association Co-Host Annual Public Policy Conference September 15-16

  Distilled Spirits Council and American Craft Spirits Association Co-Host Annual Public Policy Conference September 15-16 Registration for Virtual Conference Now Open WASHINGTON, D.C. – Distillers from across the country will gather virtually September 15-16 for the distilled spirits industry’s annual Public Policy Conference co-hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) […]

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Georgia Governor Approves Home Delivery of Spirits and Package Store Tastings

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation yesterday to allow home delivery of spirits and spirits tastings in off-premise retail stores. “Both home delivery of spirits and package store tastings will help modernize the marketplace while benefitting consumers and local businesses in Georgia,” said Jay Hibbard, Distilled Spirits Council Vice President of State Government Relations. “We […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Testifies in Support of Bill to Extend Cocktails To-Go in Maine  

During a hearing today before the Maine Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted testimony in support of LR 3333 , legislation to extend the sale of cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars. The testimony, submitted by DISCUS Vice President of State Government Relations Jay Hibbard, underscored that […]

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End Spirits, Wine and Beer Tariffs: Industry Calls for U.S. and EU to End Trade Dispute Urgently to Save Jobs

End Spirits, Wine and Beer Tariffs:  Industry Calls for U.S. and EU to End Trade Dispute Urgently to Save Jobs WASHINGTON – In a show of transatlantic unity, 17 associations representing the U.S. and European beverage alcohol sectors submitted comments today to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in opposition to the U.S. government’s proposal to […]

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DISCUS Responds to Airbus Statement Regarding the WTO Civil Aircraft Dispute

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Statement in response to the Airbus statement   regarding the WTO civil aircraft dispute “U.S. distillers welcome today’s announcement regarding Airbus.  We hope that this is a significant step toward resolving this longstanding trade dispute that will result in the prompt elimination of tariffs on U.S. and EU distilled spirits.  […]

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