Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Statement in Response to USTR’s Proposed Retaliation List, Which Includes Scotch Whisky, Irish Whiskey, and Other EU Whiskies

“We strongly oppose the inclusion of distilled spirits products in any proposed retaliation list.  These tariffs, if imposed, will have numerous unintended negative consequences on U.S. jobs, U.S. consumers and many U.S. companies that export to the EU.  U.S. companies–from farmers, to suppliers to retailers–are already being negatively impacted by the imposition of retaliatory tariffs […]

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Alcohol Trade Groups Call on USTR To Remove Spirits and Wine From Retaliatory Tariffs List of EU Products

Trade groups representing several beverage alcohol suppliers, wholesalers, importers and retailers, submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) urging the removal of spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beer from its draft list of European Union (EU) products being targeted for proposed retaliatory tariffs. The preliminary list of targeted EU products, which was announced by […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Commends Agreement with Canada and Mexico to Lift Retaliatory Tariffs on American Whiskey

The Distilled Spirits Council today welcomed news that the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached an agreement that will result in the prompt repeal of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey exports to Canada and Mexico. “We thank the Administration for reaching an agreement to secure the removal of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey exports to […]

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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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Distilled Spirits Council Reports Ninth Straight Year of Record Spirits Sales, Market Share Gains

American Whiskey Exports Take Hit From Tariffs The Distilled Spirits Council today reported at its annual economic briefing that 2018 marked the ninth straight year of record spirits sales and volumes, reflecting continued market share gains. Supplier sales were up over 5.1 percent, rising $1.3 billion to a total of $27.5 billion, while volumes rose […]

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United States and UK: Distilled Spirits Trade Commitment Reaffirmed

Provides Bourbon & Tennessee Whiskey Brexit Protections The Distilled Spirits Council enthusiastically welcomed the announcement today that the United States and United Kingdom (U.K.) reaffirmed commitments protecting the distilled spirits trade. The U.S. and the U.K. signed an agreement Jan. 31, 2019, that was announced today , to ensure that reciprocal protection for “Bourbon,” “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Scotch […]

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USDA Awards Distilled Spirits Council $815,000 In Agricultural Trade Promotion Program Funding

Designed to Assist with Adverse Impact of Retaliatory Tariffs   The Distilled Spirits Council today announced that it applied for and was awarded $815,000 through USDA’s Agricultural Trade Program (ATP), which was set up specifically to assist those agricultural groups that are being adversely impacted by retaliatory tariffs. “USDA recognized the recent imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. spirits […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Urges End of Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Spirits

The Distilled Spirits Council, in coordination with a diverse, ad hoc coalition of more than 45 business and agricultural groups, today sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer requesting that the United States work with Mexico and Canada to end retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods as soon as possible. “U.S. spirits have […]

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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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