Distilled Spirits Industry Issues Eleventh and Twelfth Public Report On Advertising and Marketing Complaints

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today issued its 11th and 12th Semi-Annual Code Report detailing complaints involving alcohol advertisements, actions taken by the industry’s internal review board and the response by each advertiser. “It’s been five years since we issued our first Code Review Report of advertising complaint decisions and the results […]

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Statement from Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy regarding the passing of American Beverage Licensees Executive Director Harry Wiles

“The Distilled Spirits Council and its members mourn the passing of American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Executive Director Harry Wiles. To his family, his colleagues and the members of ABL we extend our deepest sympathy and join them in their sorrow.  Harry was a wonderful friend and a joy to work with professionally.  He was a […]

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Renowned Alcohol Researcher Refutes Studies Claiming Alcohol Ads Linked To Underage Drinking

WASHINGTON, DC –  Longitudinal studies, touted by advocacy groups as showing a causal link between alcohol ads and youth drinking, are scientifically flawed, according to a comprehensive review of advertising studies by Jon Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Penn State University, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. In a […]

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BUY GEORGE! First Public Opportunity to Buy and Taste George Washington Rye Whiskey at the Mount Vernon Distillery

MOUNT VERNON, VA. — For the first time since George Washington’s Distillery burned to the ground in 1814, the public lined up to taste and buy Rye Whiskey made at the Founding Father’s distillery during a spirits tasting event held today at Mount Vernon. Editors’ Note: Mount Vernon officials report that crowds of 400-500 showed up […]

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Major Alcohol Supplier Trade Associations Oppose Wholesaler Monopoly Protection Bill (HR 5034)

In a letter today to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, all of the major alcohol supplier trade associations strongly denounced the wholesaler-crafted HR 5034 – the so-called CARE Act.  The letter called the bill discriminatory and anti-competitive, saying “H.R. 5034 would allow states to pass laws that violate the dormant Commerce Clause, federal […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Urges Government Support for Standard Drink Information on Alcohol Labels

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today urged the Obama Administration to mark Alcohol Awareness Month by passing new alcohol labeling requirements to include basic dietary information on the labels of all beverage alcohol products. For more than six years, numerous public health and consumer groups — including the Consumer Federation of America, […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Hosts Best Practices Media Summit For Responsible Advertising

Washington, D.C. – Industry leaders, government officials and media representatives from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. on March 25th to exchange ideas on responsible advertising practices for traditional and emerging marketing platforms at the Distilled Spirits Council’s third Best Practices Media Summit. “This Summit provides an important forum where leading media experts and […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Launches Craft Distiller Membership

Names Advisory Council Chaired by Anchor’s Fritz Maytag Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced a new Craft Distiller Affiliate Membership program designed to organize the growing number of small distilled spirits producers across the nation and alert them to public policy issues affecting the industry at every […]

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Distilled Spirits Review: Industry Proves Recession Resilient in 2009

‘Light at the End of the Tunnel’ New York, NY – Saying the spirits industry proved to be recession resilient in 2009, Distilled Spirits Council CEO Peter Cressy today released supplier data at an annual briefing for media and analysts showing 2009 volume growth of 1.4% but revenue holding steady at $18.7 billion for the […]

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Statement by DISCUS President Peter Cressy on the passing of Beer Institute President Jeff Becker

“The Distilled Spirits Council and the entire spirits industry mourns the passing of Beer Institute President Jeff Becker and extends our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Jeff was an outstanding leader, reliable ally and a dear friend. An articulate spokesperson for the entire beverage alcohol industry, his passionate voice and forceful presence […]

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