We at ShipCompliant hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! For our part, we’ve put up our white clothes and are preparing for the busy fall-winter period for the beverage alcohol industry. This is always a hectic time of year, with harvesting running apace leading into the holiday season when consumers look for gifts and new products to fill their celebratory cups (will this summer’s leading trend keep going through the year? Nog-flavored seltzer anyone?). Before you get too distracted with these goings on, we hope you’ll take some time to read through the Roundup.
This week, we look at regulatory concerns beverage alcohol sellers need to be aware of when working with third-party marketers. We also have updates from our mid-year review of the DtC market (spoiler alert: good news from the Northwest), and a peek at the science behind wine coloring.
In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report is available for download. Get 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 some changes coming to our website. Find out how it will affect your experience on TTB.gov. TTB
Amazon Does Bare Minimum to Meet California Law | Amazon just about follows Californian law with four-item liquor “stores.” wine-searcher.com
The Legalities of Using a Third-Party Marketer | Brand experts share tips for staying on the right side of the law when using an external marketing company. SevenFifty Daily
Tariffs and Currency Manipulation Are Hurting Small U.S. Wineries | The Chinese government has stepped up its tariffs on American wine as part of their fight in the trade war. Irish Liquor Lawyer
Retailers Urge Michigan Lawmaker to Fix State’s Unconstitutional Wine Shipping Law | The National Association of Wine Retailers is urging the legislature to repeal the ban on wine shipments from out-of-state wine retailers and wine stores that a Federal judge ruled unconstitutional…for a second time. Wine Industry Advisor
Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments
Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report 2019 Mid-Year Update | ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics released mid-year updates on how the DtC channel is doing so far in 2019. ShipCompliant by Sovos
This Is What the “Summer of Seltzer” Has Done to Beer Sales | It seemed as if everywhere you turned during summer 2019, from barbecues to the beach, there was a spiked seltzer. Forbes
An Early Look at California’s 2019 Wine Harvest | While it’s still too soon to understand what sort of a vintage 2019 will be, the early reports from winemakers throughout the state are promising. San Francisco Chronicle
Gen Z Wine Consumers: What Do They Want From the Wine Industry? | While many wine marketers have been focusing on selling wine to Millennials, more than 20 million Generation Z consumers have reached legal drinking age since 2016, according to US Census figures. Wine Business
Wine Drinkers Face an Uncertain and Precarious Future | In order for states to provide wine consumers with access to the variety of wines now in the American marketplace, many states must remove the protectionist elements of their retailer wine shipping laws. Wine Industry Advisor
The Science of Color in Wine | Wine professionals discuss pigmentation, extraction, and how color can affect everything from appearance to ageability. SevenFifty Daily
We Asked 12 Sommeliers: What Are the Best Trends in Wine Right Now? | Just like any other consumer product, wine is subject to the fickle tides of trend and fashion. VinePair
How Much Is your Winery Worth Today? | As it stands, shrewd buyers and sellers are still finding agreement on price and repurposing valuable assets for tomorrow. SVB on Wine