Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Launches New ‘Partner Membership Program’ to Connect Spirits Supply Chain Businesses with Spirits Companies

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), America’s leading advocate for the distilled spirits industry, today announced a new Partner Membership Program designed specifically for the spirits industry’s supply chain and related businesses to engage in shaping tomorrow’s marketplace. “Our supply chains play a critical role in the success of the distilled spirits […]

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Statement on the Passing of TTB Administrator John Manfreda by Chris Swonger, President and CEO of DISCUS and Responsibility.org

“On behalf of the members of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, we are deeply saddened by the passing of TTB Administrator John Manfreda. He has been a friend and colleague to so many of us in the spirits industry and he will be sorely missed. John exemplified the best in public service […]

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Texas House and Senate Approve Historic Legislation to Promote a Free Market for Liquor Store Ownership

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have overwhelmingly approved historic legislation that strikes down a decades-old anticompetitive and unconstitutional loophole limiting liquor store ownership that will promote a free and fair market in Texas. The Legislature approved HB 1545, sponsored by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, and Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, that would authorize the […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Blasts Proposed 10% Alcohol Tax Increase in Connecticut

The Distilled Spirits Council today called on the Connecticut legislature to reject the budget proposal by the state Joint Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, which included a new 10 percent excise tax increase on alcohol. “The proposal is a massive tax increase on consumers that received no oversight or chance for public comment,” said Distilled Spirits […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Statement on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Action to Ban Alcohol Advertising on City Property

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement from Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Jay Hibbard: The mayor’s decision to ban alcohol advertising is misguided and unsupported by the scientific research. The research is clear – parents and other adults are the most influential factors in a youth’s decision whether or not to drink […]

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Pennsylvania Senate Introduces Legislation Expanding Consumer Access to Distilled Spirits

The Distilled Spirits Council today lauded legislation introduced by State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) that would expand the number of outlets permitted to sell spirits in Pennsylvania. The legislation, SB 548, would increase the number of spirits outlets by allowing existing off-premise licensees, including grocery stores with “R licenses” and beer retailers, to immediately begin […]

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Texas Senate and House recognize April as Alcohol Responsibility Month

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives today recognized April as Alcohol Responsibility Month as “a welcome opportunity to call attention to the work that must be done to further reduce the tragic impact of drunk driving and underage drinking in Texas.” The Senate and House approved SR 536 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and […]

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Responsibility.org Names Former Phoenix House President and Substance Abuse Expert as New Executive Director

Statement from Responsibility.org and Distilled Spirits Council President and CEO Chris Swonger today announcing the appointment of Benjamin Nordstrom, M.D., Ph.D. as Executive Director of Responsibility.org, a national not-for-profit funded by leading distillers to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and inspire a lifetime of responsible alcohol choices. Dr. Nordstrom joins Responsibility.org from Phoenix House, […]

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Impact of Retaliatory Tariffs on American Whiskeys Accelerates

The Distilled Spirits Council today released a new report showing the negative impact of the retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskeys is accelerating, particularly to the European Union (EU), according to full year 2018 export data. Last month, at its Annual Economic Briefing, the Council reported the imposition of retaliatory tariffs beginning in June 2018 caused American […]

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Irish Whiskey Market Thrives in United States

Step aside, green beer.  This St. Patrick’s Day, Americans will be celebrating with a dram of super premium Irish Whiskey, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. The Council reports that while the entire category is growing fast, the higher priced categories are “on fire.”  Since 2002, high-end premium and super premium Irish Whiskeys grew a staggering […]

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