Distilled Spirits Council Welcomes Introduction of USMCA Implementing Bill

Urges Congress to Pass USMCA without Delay WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today welcomed the introduction of legislation, H.R. 5430, to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “The U.S. spirits industry and its consumers benefit from free and fair trade agreements.  We […]

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USDA Awards Distilled Spirits Council of the United States $511,386 to Promote American Spirits Exports

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced it was granted $511,386 through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program (MAP) to promote American spirits exports in 2020, an increase of nearly 15 percent over 2019 funding levels. “This continued increase in USDA funding is a clear recognition […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Applauds New USMCA Agreement

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today applauded the signing of an agreement to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The signing follows an agreement reached earlier today between the Trump Administration and Democratic congressional leadership. “The USMCA reaffirms tariff-free trade with two of […]

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December 5 Day of Action Planned to Urge Congressional Passage of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Before Year-End Deadline

Leaders in the beverage alcohol sector are urging industry advocates across the nation to participate in a national Day of Action on December 5 by contacting their members of Congress to urge passage of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, S.362/H.R. 1175 (CBMTRA). “With less than four weeks remaining before the current tax […]

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Including Spirits in NY Bottle Bill Will Cost Businesses, Consumers

WASHINGTON – A recent study released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation suggests expanding the NY bottle bill to include wine and liquor, but the study’s own research shows the move would impact approximately 4,500 businesses. Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) Vice President of State Government Relations Jay Hibbard released the following […]

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DISCUS Launches Job Board to Serve as Talent Pipeline for Spirits Industry

Top US Spirits Industry Advocate to Match Qualified Job Seekers with Employment Opportunities in Sector WASHINGTON — In an effort to bolster the spirits industry’s workforce, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today launched the DISCUS Job Board. The DISCUS Job Board will connect qualified job seekers with exciting and diverse employment […]

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Congressional Support for Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Hits New Milestone

Congressional Support for Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Hits New Milestone  New Record of Co-Sponsors Follows Industry “Day of Action”  WASHINGTON – Support for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S.362/H.R. 1175) has reached an all-time high with 315 cosponsors in the United States House of Representatives and 73 in the […]

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Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Launches Health Care Program to Address Craft Member Health Coverage Needs

DISCUS Offers Association Health Plan for Employers in Select States ANN ARBOR, MICH. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced it will offer an association health plan to its members, extending affordable health care to craft member spirits distillers in approved states. In states where the association health plan is […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Testifies at Senate Hearing on Importance of Spirits Outlet Expansion in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. – David Wojnar, vice president of state government relations for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), testified today at a Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing that an increase in spirits outlets will result in convenience for consumers and increased revenue for the commonwealth. “Pennsylvania drastically lags behind other control states in the number of spirits […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Celebrates 85th Anniversary of Code of Responsible Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today marked the 85th anniversary of the Code of Responsible Practices , a set of voluntary advertising and marketing guidelines first adopted by the spirits industry within months of the repeal of Prohibition. “Eighty-five years ago, leaders in the spirits industry showed a great sense of duty […]

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