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 Mourns Loss of Industry Legend and Pioneer Dave Pickerell

Spirits icon and pioneering distiller Dave Pickerell died recently in San Francisco. Pickerell spent 14 years as Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark before venturing out to help start many of the craft distilling operations now seen across the country. He was also critical in restoring George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon. “Dave Pickerell was a […]

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Glencairn Named Official Whiskey Tasting Glass Provider to Distilled Spirits Council of The United States

Glencairn continues to go from strength to strength Stateside this year. The family-owned award-winning crystal company has today announced that its iconic Glencairn wee whisky glass has been selected by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States to be the esteemed organisation’s official tasting glass for this year. The partnership will be showcased first […]

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Industry Veteran Chris Swonger Named CEO of Distilled Spirits Council and Responsibility.Org

The Boards of Directors of the Distilled Spirits Council and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.Org) have named Chris R. Swonger, a long-time government affairs executive and industry veteran, the president and CEO of both organizations.

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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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Response to North-American Interfraternity Conference’s New Alcohol Policy By Distilled Spirits Council Interim CEO Clarkson Hine

The North-American Interfraternity Conference is to be commended for taking steps to address alcohol abuse among fraternity members, but to be effective, policies should treat all forms of alcohol equally. While well-intentioned, implementing a policy that bans distilled spirits products while continuing to permit beer and wine is misguided and not supported by the science.  […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Appoints New Top Finance Executive

The Distilled Spirits Council today announced it has named veteran Washington, D.C. finance executive Charles (Chuck) Wellard, CAE, as senior vice president of finance & administration. 

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New Poll Finds Consumers Prefer Distilled Spirits Over Beer, Wine: Preference for Cocktails Among Most Groups

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  A new Morning Consult survey , with a nationwide sample of more than 2,000 adults, finds that “a plurality of Americans prefer liquor drinks.” According to the poll, 39 percent of consumers prefer distilled spirits, either in a cocktail or straight, 32 percent prefer beer, 25 percent prefer wine. These findings reflect trends in the […]

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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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