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Currently wineries are experiencing significant delays in getting labels and formulas approved by the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
TTB is the primary federal regulatory agency for wineries across the country and is responsible for enforcing the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.
As part of their regulatory role, the TTB reviews and approves over 100,000 labels and thousands of formulas submitted by wineries each year. Additionally, the TTB issues permits and advises other agencies on international trade issues,and collects excise taxes on all alcoholic beverages.
While the TTB is now the third biggest revenue generator in the entire federal government (taking in an estimated $23 billion in revenue), it has seen a 10% reduction in workforce since 2007. This has had a direct impact on the commodities that the TTB is required by law to regulate.