Last week we hosted our annual ShipCompliant by Sovos Wine Summit at the Napa Valley Marriott, which was a rousing success! Thanks so much to everyone who turned out, from our fantastic list of presenters and speakers to our wonderful users and audience. At the conference, we presented on regulatory updates, ways to improve your tasting room experiences, and announced our new Compliance Portal with FedEx, which will help the carrier ensure that wineries and retailers involved in DtC shipping are properly licensed. If you weren’t able to attend, we missed you! But we will be putting out a recap soon, so stay tuned to this feed.
In other news from this last week, it is with an extremely heavy and saddened heart that we report on the passing of TTB Director John Manfreda. Many tributes have come out in the last week all making it clear how dedicated John was to his work, but more so how wonderful it was to know him personally. We have shared below some of these tributes.
Elsewhere in the Roundup, we look at how tariffs are affecting the beer industry — and how they could get worse; also, we look at where opportunity for growth in the wine industry remains in the world of climate change and increasing mergers, and finally, natural ways to prevent pests in grape fields are gaining traction.
In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report has been published. Download your copy today here.
Thanks for reading the Roundup this week. As ever, be sure to check out the rest of the ShipCompliant by Sovos blog for regular updates, and we’ll see you again in another couple of weeks.
Regulatory News and Discussions
TTB Newsletter | This week’s top news includes information about how to register for one of our remaining trade practice seminars, details about the spring edition of the Unified Agenda, and a notice that we’re hiring two regulations specialists. TTB
TTB Newsletter — Special Edition | In this special edition of the TTB Newsletter, we announce with deep sadness and regret the passing of our Administrator, John Manfreda. TTB
The Passing of John Manfreda of the TTB | A tragedy for his family and a tragedy for the industry he so faithfully served for so long. Booze Rules
Legislation to Remove DTC Barriers Continue Nationwide; Five States Remain Closed to DTC | Steve Gross, of Wine Institute, urged attendees of the 2019 ShipCompliant by Sovos Wine Sumit in Napa to support the efforts of Free the Grapes, a coalition of wineries and other wine industry representatives seeking to remove barriers to direct-to-consumer wine shipping. Wine Business
Beer Industry Shudders at Trump’s Threat to Impose Tariffs on Mexican Imports | President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports sent shivers through the U.S. beer industry, which warned Friday that it could be hammered with nearly $1 billion in increased annual costs if the countries don’t resolve their differences. Chicago Tribune
Can State Regulators Enforce Liquor Laws That Federal Courts Have Found Unconstitutional? | Even though the law was adjudicated and found unconstitutional, this still hasn’t stopped Michigan from threatening those who ship wine into the state with sanctions. Irish Liquor Lawyer
U.S. Beer Industry Blames Trump Tariffs For 40,000 Job Losses | A report by two trade groups showed U.S. beer-industry jobs dropped 40,000 since 2016 as metal tariffs boosted aluminum-can costs, leading to a drop in investment. Bloomberg
Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments
ShipCompliant Announces Carrier Compliance Portal With FedEx | ShipCompliant by Sovos is excited to announce our Carrier Compliance Portal, which enables wineries and retailers to share their state license data with FedEx. ShipCompliant
NFL Eases Restrictions on Alcohol Sponsorship | The National Football League has said it will allow active players to appear in beer adverts as well as ease restrictions of wine and spirits companies becoming “official sponsors” of franchises. Drink Business
Wine Industry Poised for Opportunity Amid Climate Change, Big M&A Deals: Rabobank | Although we anticipate economic and sector challenges ahead, in the current market wine industry professionals have many opportunities to set their businesses up for success. North Bay Business Journal
Is Legal Marijuana Hurting Beer Sales or Helping Them? | There is such animosity reverberating throughout the cannabis community over the fact that beer, wine and spirits are legal and widely accepted. Forbes
This Wine Was Brought to You by Bugs | Winemakers are increasingly moving from pesticides to pests to combat disease and create better wines. Wine-searcher.com
The Emerging Styles of American Single Malt | Distillers discuss three prominent subcategories that are making their way to the forefront. SevenFifty Daily
How Wineries Can Better Market to Millennials | If you have a winery, the odds are very good that you are collecting data. But if no one is looking at the data then it might as well not exist. Beverage Industry Enthusiast
Why Do Winery Instagram Feeds Suck So Much? | Every winery needs to step back and think about what they’re doing on Instagram. What is the point of a consumer following you? Spit Bucket
Why Native Yeast Fermentations Are Critical For Expressing Terroir | In seeking to express the true character of a site, winemaker Brandon Spark-Gillis was brought one step closer by lab results. SevenFifty Daily