Distilled Spirits Council Supports Ending Dry Counties in Virginia

The Distilled Spirits Council today registered strong support for legislation that would allow alcohol sales in all jurisdictions of the Commonwealth. Virginia. SB 1110 , sponsored by Virginia Senator Bryce Reeves, was reported out of the Senate’s Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services earlier today. The legislation would make the entire state of Virginia wet, requiring localities to […]

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Distilled Spirits Council-Led Coalition Results in Successful Repeal of Baltimore City Alcohol Billboard Ban

A 25-year-old ban on alcohol billboards in Baltimore City has been repealed following an ordinance passed by the City Council and signed into law late December by Mayor Catherine Pugh, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Under the new sign ordinance, outdoor alcohol advertising will be permitted on any outdoor stationary location except within five […]

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New Distilled Spirits Council Study Shows No Impact on Spirits Sales from Legalized Recreational Marijuana

Distilled spirits sales have not been negatively impacted in the three states that have had legalized recreational marijuana retail sales the longest, according to a study by the Distilled Spirits Council. This new in-depth analysis, utilizing state-level alcohol tax receipts and actual alcohol shipment data, examined per capita alcohol sales in Colorado, Washington state and […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Calls on Texas Legislature to Bring State Distilled Spirits Laws into the 21st Century

The Distilled Spirits Council called on the Texas Legislature to modernize state laws governing distilled spirits to promote competition and economic growth. The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission today approved recommendations to the 86th Texas Legislature on changes to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. “Even though more than 80 years […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Criticizes Treasury Dept. For Failure to Allow Excise Duty-Drawback in Rule

The Distilled Spirits Council today criticized the U.S. Treasury Department for rejecting the excise tax drawback on spirits, beer and wine that are produced in the United States for export, as Congress explicitly directed in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). The U.S. Treasury Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection […]

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Distilled Spirits Council: Modernization Continues 85 Years After Prohibition Repeal

On the 85th Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal, the Distilled Spirits Council toasts to the spirits renaissance and continued modernization of alcohol laws and regulations across the country. The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified December 5, 1933, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to Prohibition in America. Since Prohibition Repeal 85 […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Urges Boosting Exports, Ending Retaliatory Tariffs

The Distilled Spirits Council recently participated in two events to highlight the importance of export markets to the U.S. spirits industry. Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President for International Issues and Trade Christine LoCascio spoke at the Glass Packaging Institute ’s annual meeting about the tremendous growth in U.S. spirits exports over the past two decades and the […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Three Country Trade Deal

Urges Quick Removal of Retaliatory Tariffs on American Whiskeys The Distilled Spirits Council today welcomed the announcement of a new, modernized trade agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “Trade is a key component to a strong economy, and the U.S. spirits industry and our consumers benefit from free and fair trade agreements,” said Distilled Spirits […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Says China’s 25 Percent Tariffs on U.S. Whiskeys Could Put Brakes on Export Success Story

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement in response to China imposing a 25 percent tariff on U.S. whiskey products.

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Distilled Spirits Council Extremely Concerned About Potential Harm From Retaliatory Tariffs in Letter to Commerce Secretary Ross

In a letter today presented to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the Distilled Spirits Council said it is “extremely concerned” about the increasing likelihood that the European Union (EU) and other countries will begin retaliating against U.S. spirits products in response to the U.S. decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum, and “the impact that retaliatory tariffs will have on U.S. distilled spirits producers, as well as their agricultural and supply chain partners.”

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