Category Management

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: TTB 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 features $106,439,000 in [...]

September 2015 ::TTB Rule on Return of Wine to Bonded Premises

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is revising the wine regulations governing the return of wine to bonded wine premises in response to two statutory changes. First, to incorporate a provision contained in the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, TTB is removing a regulatory requirement that wine returned to bond must be unmerchantable. [...]

August 2015 ::TTB Funding

The Senate and House Appropriations Committees have passed the bills for Financial Services and General Government, which cover the funding of TTB. The House proposal authorizes TTB funding for FY 2016 at $106 million, a baseline of $101 million, with an added $5 million for labeling and formulation approvals. The Senate bill authorizes the baseline [...]

April 2015 ::Joint Industry Letter Requesting TTB Funding

On March 23rd, the beverage alcohol industry sent a joint industry letter to the House and Senate requesting a funding increase for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for FY2016. The letter was signed by twelve leading associations representing wine, beer, and spirits producers and wholesalers. Last month, the President’s administration has [...]