Weekly Roundup | Wine Tariffs, Beer Forecasts, and DtC Sales Update

Season’s Greetings! I hope you’re having great start to the week and aren’t struggling to concentrate too much. Holiday festivities are right around the corner, but for those of you looking to stay in the loop, I’ve brought you the weekly roundup! This week features news on wine tariffs, 2016 beer forecasts, and an update on DtC sales. I hope you find it interesting and helpful. As always, let me know if there’s something I missed. Happy holidays!

LegislativeUpdate

Not COOL: U.S. Wines Could Soon Face Tariffs on Exports to Canada and Mexico | At times, international trade–even among friendly countries–can quickly devolve into a game of tit for tat. ShipCompliant

Wine Industry Escapes Tariffs | Wineries that export to Canada and Mexico have escaped significant tariffs following lawmakers’ repeal of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef and pork in accordance with a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. Wines & Vines

TTB Publishes List of Exempt Ingredients | The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published Ruling 2015-1, which adds more than 50 ingredients a brewer can use without an approved formula. Alcohol Law Advisor

TTB Newsletter | This week, the TTB’s newsletter features the removal of Marsala and Sherry cooking wines from the National Organic List, the fall Unified Agenda, and more! TTB

IndustryUp

The Brewing Industry’s 2016 Forecast | Breweries across the country are making plans for the upcoming year. The Brewer Magazine

WSWA Seeks Clarification Over New Retail Program | The CEO of Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has requested clarification about the legality of a new program. The Spirits Business

DtC Sales Surge in November | Direct-to-consumer wine sales increased 13% over the previous year this November to reach $310 million, bringing the 12-month total to $1.96 billion. Wines & Vines

DontMissOut

Infographic | Hops for the Holidays | Holiday festivities can be seen in practically all industries, including beer. ShipCompliant

Craft Brewers Have to Compete for Beer Cans | Breweries looking to differentiate themselves via can size are finding challenges. The New York Times

Nielsen Scheme Offers ‘Real Time’ Drinking Data | The initiative is hoping to offer insight into consumer preferences and behaviors. The Spirits Business

Register Now for the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference | Registration is now open for the upcoming CBC event! Brewers Association

JustFun

Recycling Facility Converts Seized Alcohol into Electricity | Bootleg alcohol is being used to keep folks warm in less traditional ways. The Spirits Business

A Simple Guide to Pairing Wine with Christmas Dinner | What to eat and drink this Friday. VinePair

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