Distilled Spirits Council of the United States President & CEO Chris Swonger Statement on the Launch of Negotiations for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States President & CEO Chris Swonger Statement on the Launch of Negotiations for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement: “This is a very positive development for the U.S. spirits industry.  We applaud the administration for launching trade negotiations with one of our most important trading partners and urge the administration to […]

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U.S. Distilled Spirits Industry Urges Senate and House Leadership to Provide Additional Economic Relief For Distillers Amid COVID-19 Crisis

           -Industry “Day of Action” Already Results in More Than 13,000 Communications to Congress- WASHINGTON — In a letter sent today to Senate and House leadership, U.S. distilled spirits trade associations urged Congress to provide additional economic relief to the thousands of distilleries facing enormous financial hardship due to the impact […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Creates a COVID-19 Hand Sanitizer Connection Portal

Portal connects distillers with resources for ingredients, supplies, distribution WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today launched an online portal to assist hundreds of distillers who are producing hand sanitizer to help solve the national shortage created by the COVID-19 pandemic. DISCUS has worked closely with regulators to overcome regulatory hurdles, and distillers now have clear direction to […]

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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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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 of the United States, Texas Distilled Spirits Association and Texas Whiskey Association Announce Partnership on “Spirits United” Grassroots Platform

WASHINGTON –  The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), America’s leading advocate for the distilled spirits industry, today announced that the Texas Distilled Spirits Association (TDSA) and the Texas Whiskey Association (TXWA) have joined Spirits United as partners to expand the grassroots network in the Lone Star State. The Spirits United platform features important information […]

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U.S. Alcohol Trade Groups Call for End to Tariffs on EU Spirits and Wine

UPDATED RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. alcohol trade groups urged an end to tariffs on EU distilled spirits and wine following the United States decision announced today to impose tariffs of 25 percent on imports of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Single Malt Irish Whiskey from Northern Ireland, liqueurs and cordials, and wine […]

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PA House Liquor Control Committee Fights for Consumers, Passes Bill to Repeal Flexible Pricing Program

Today, the Pennsylvania House Liquor Control Committee passed HB 1512, a bill to repeal the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) flexible pricing program. Last week, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) Chief Economist David Ozgo and President and CEO of the American Distilled Spirits Association Matt Dogali testified before the committee to highlight the harmful impacts this […]

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PLCB Liquor Pricing Scheme Harms Pennsylvania Consumers

          Contact: Ainsley Holyfield 202-549-6797 Spirits Industry Leaders Urge Legislators to Repeal Flexible Pricing HARRISBURG, Pa. – Distilled spirits industry officials testified today before the Pennsylvania House Liquor Control Committee regarding the harmful consumer impacts caused by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) Flexible Pricing Program. Among those who testified were Distilled Spirits […]

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