Federal

March 2016 ::FDA Regulations

The House has passed the “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act” by a vote of 266-144. The bill, written to amend the chain restaurant menu labeling requirements that go into effect on December 1, would delay the implementation of the requirements and change how the requirements are listed. Alcohol products listed on standard menus of establishments [...]

March 2016 ::Labeling

The Senate Agriculture Committee passed a bill out of committee that would invalidate any state GMO labeling requirement and establish a federal voluntary labeling system. The bi-partisan proposal would implement the following standards: – Provides definitions for the voluntary labeling of genetically modified (or bioengineered) foods – Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to draft and [...]

March 2016 ::International Trade

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized the rule repealing country of origin labeling rules (COOL) for certain muscle cuts of meat. The repeal, as authorized by the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, will allow the the US to avoid costly tariffs places on goods, including wine, exported into Canada and Mexico.  

March 2016 ::Distribution Regulation

Kroger, one of the largest alcohol retailers in the United States, has proposed a drastic new alcohol category management system. The new category management system would be managed by Southern Wine and Spirits, one of the largest distributors in the country, and would be funded by wholesalers and suppliers. This would establish a “pay to [...]

December 2015 - January 2016 ::Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill: Market Access Funding

Congress wrapped up their work for 2015 with the passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, sending it to the President’s desk for final signature. The bill fully funds the federal government until September 30, 2016. The bi-partisan agreement features several provisions relevant to the American wine industry. The bill fully funds the [...]