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Sovos Announces 2018 Mid-Year Direct-to-Consumer Channel Data

Notable trends: Oregon wines surging while Napa sales stagnate, Rosé on the rise and Pennsylvania as a leading shipment destination Sovos today revealed data on the performance of the direct-to-consumer (DtC) winery shipping market through the first six months of 2018. Among the notable trends in the report were Napa County wine sales slowing but […]

Sovos Announces Resource to Track Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Rules

Sovos is excited to announce the launch of our new ShipCompliant Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Shipping Rules resource center. Wineries can use this tool to track the compliance obligations they have in any state where they currently sell their products. They can also review the requirements in any new state they hope to enter. The DtC […]

BevAlc Roundup | Tariffs affect the industry, TTB levies its heaviest fine ever, and are regulations hampering the adoption of new technology?

We held our annual Wine Summit event on May 31, at the Napa Valley Marriott. The Summit was once again a fabulous occasion, full of regulatory updates, looks at market trends, and tips and tricks to improve DtC and three-tier sales. If you missed it, or just want to refresh your memory, read our follow-up […]

Sovos Announces Solution to Automate Beverage Alcohol Compliance for Brand Label Registrations

Market Ready enables suppliers to get products to market more efficiently across different states.   May 31, 2018, Napa, Calif. [Sovos GCS ShipCompliant Wine Summit] — Today, at its annual ShipCompliant Wine Summit, Sovos announced the release of Market Ready, a solution that automates compliance tasks and enables beverage alcohol suppliers to get products to […]

BevAlc Roundup | DtC sales grow as global wine production dips, Canada chooses not to open to DtC, and mead makes a 1,000-year comeback

April showers are bringing May grapes and hops and barley and rye and all the other budding plants that bring us joy! This week’s roundup showcases a few posts from the ShipCompliant blog you may have missed, including a look at which regions drove the DtC market in 2017 and new DtC rules coming into […]

BevAlc Roundup | Avoid trade practice violations, wine exports continue to grow, and the secrets in wine labelling.

Spring is here, and the BevAlc Roundup is in full bloom! This week we look at the TTB’s latest trade practice investigations along with how recent trade disputes with China could affect the industry. Then, which markets are growing (exports and craft beer) and which need a pick-me-up (cider and selling to Gen-X). Finally, if […]

BevAlc Roundup | Women in the industry, Canada mulls interprovincial sales of wine, grow your DtC business with data, and the TTB gets its first Master of Wine.

To help celebrate Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day on March 8, the Roundup this week has a special selection of articles showcasing the past, present, and future of women in the beverage alcohol industry. Additional coverage includes hot takes on ongoing problems with the recent tax bill and potential shakeups at the TTB, […]

BevAlc Roundup | The TTB announces dates for Trade Practice Seminars, Indiana expands Sunday sales, Maryland second guesses its craft beer permissions, and could your toothpaste be made from wine in the future?

It’s March already, and the BevAlc Roundup is coming in like a lion! But don’t worry, we still as gentle as a lamb. This week, new tariffs on aluminum could raise the packaging costs for brewers, Washington and Oregon wine markets release their 2017 production data, and does the NBA have a secret love affair […]

BevAlc Roundup | TTB releases new versions of Wine Premises Operations report, the Silicon Valley Bank 2018 Wine Industry Report is released, and a primer on soju in time for the Olympics in South Korea.

TTB Newsletter | Top stories include save the dates for upcoming Trade Practice webinars and new versions of the Report of Wine Premises Operations are available. TTB How New Alcohol Tax Laws May Affect Your Business | The “monumental” legislation is being hailed as one of the most significant changes since Prohibition. SevenFifty Daily Bootleggers […]

BevAlc Roundup | Further TTB guidance on the recent tax bill, a bevy of reports on 2017 sales and predictions for 2018, including the Sovos/Wines & Vines DtC report, and how well can Amazon’s Alexa recommend a bottle of wine?

With 2018 firmly underway, now is the time to review the previous year, and make predictions for the future. A number of reports have come out this week, which we’ve compiled for this Roundup. Other articles of interest include a discussion on proposed rules limiting the use of out-of-state AVAs and a fond sendoff to […]

Third-Party Provider Reports for Illinois Due

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has issued details regarding a new report required to be filed by third-party providers facilitating direct to consumer (DtC) shipments into Illinois. Third-party providers are any parties, expect for common carriers, who have been authorized to ship wine on behalf of a licensed direct shipper winery. Under a set of […]

2018 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report Indicates DtC Sales on Track to Reach $3 Billion This Year

Direct shipping proves tremendous growth opportunity for wineries, who shipped nearly six million cases directly to consumers last year, according to the annual Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report from Sovos and Wines & Vines. (Boston, MA) JANUARY 22, 2018 Wineries shipped $2.69 billion worth of wine directly to consumers in 2017, according to the 2018 Direct-to-Consumer […]

BevAlc Roundup | DtC Shipment Value Rose 15.5% in 2017, Big Changes Coming to Oklahoma Beer Distribution in October

This week, the BevAlc Roundup tackles new revisions to Oklahoma beer distribution, the continued growth of the Direct-to-Consumer shipping channel, guidance from the TTB regarding the new tax overhaul, and why craft breweries are finding massive success despite the overall U.S. economic climate favoring huge corporations. What the Ale – Big Changes Coming To Beer […]

Direct-to-Consumer Shipping: Get ready for the 2018 DtC Report, the DtC Wine Symposium, and Unified!

It’s an exciting time of year for ShipCompliant by Sovos, as we gear up to release our annual Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report with our partners Wines & Vines. We’re also looking forward to sponsoring and presenting at next week’s Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, as well as exhibiting at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium […]

BevAlc Roundup | TTB reminder that 2017 excise taxes are due this week, new marketplace Casemates looks to take over from Amazon Wine, and understanding the provenance of whisky gives perspective on time itself.

The Roundup took a quick break over the holidays, but we’re back with a longer edition for the beginning of 2018! We’ve got top stories on the recent tax bill and its effects on beverage alcohol producers, gender equality in the wine industry, and a look at what will fill the place of Amazon Wine […]

GOP Tax Overhaul Includes Big Reductions for Alcohol Producers

Congress voted on a near party line split this week to pass the Tax Cuts and Job Act (“Tax Bill”), a piece of legislation that could have major effects on the U.S. economy, including, notably, major effects for the beverage alcohol industry. That is because the Tax Bill includes major provisions that were part of […]

BevAlc Roundup | TTB to delay labeling requirements for Hard Cider tax products, A-B can sell in China and so can you, and when possums drink, they go for the good stuff.

As we move towards the holidays, we’ve got a busy roundup for you to enjoy with some egg nog or spiced wine; top stories include a new round of law suits looking to open up direct shipping for retails, Walgreens stores are now serving as hold locations for direct orders, and distinctions between wine drinking […]

BevAlc Roundup | Retail DtC rules examined, how the alcohol industry can deal with sexual harassment, and beer does make you feel differently than wine.

In today’s roundup, we continue our examination of retailer Direct-to-Consumer rules, how wholesalers impact laws regarding how beverage alcohol gets distributed, whether wine labels should include ingredient lists, and how different beverage alcohol products affect your emotions in different ways. TTB Newsletter | Top stories include six new approved grape varieties for American wines and […]

BevAlc Roundup | Federal tax relief could be included in Senate’s overall tax reform plans, high hopes for the 2017 vintage, and we now know wine is older than we thought.

In today’s round up we go through a review of the rules for interstate wine shipping based on an interview with ShipCompliant’s own Alex Koral, examine an all-time low in global wine production, and look at the problems of categorizing whisky.     TTB Newsletter | Top stories include upcoming updates to permits online and […]

BevAlc Roundup | Shipping rules for retailers and wineries across the country, global wine production at all-time lows, and a record cost dram proves to be a fake.

In today’s round up we go through a review of the rules for interstate wine shipping based on an interview with ShipCompliant’s own Alex Koral, examine an all-time low in global wine production, and look at the problems of categorizing whisky.   TTB Newsletter | Top stories include updates to formula information pages and notice […]

Amazon Wine to Shut Down by Year’s End

Amazon Wine will shut down by the end of the year. The online giant informed wine sellers they will no longer be able to sell their wines through the Amazon Marketplace after December 31.   How Does This Affect Me? Wineries and other wine sellers who use Amazon Wine will need to find other means […]

BevAlc Roundup | Special section on California Fires, Craft Beverage Modernization Act, and results from GABF

It’s been a trying couple of weeks many of our clients, partners, and friends out in northern California, and we wish them all safety and a quick recovery. Today, our roundup includes a special section on the fires and where those affected can look for recovery support, but a look at how the Craft Beverage […]

California Fire Relief Resources

As recovery begins in the areas of Northern California devastated by fires last week — and as fires continue to burn in some places — it is hard to put our feelings of sorrow for those affected into words. The fear of living through fire is trauma enough; when that is topped by actual loss, […]

California Wildfires Tear Through Wine Country

Tragedy has struck the California wine country in the form of flames. Since Sunday night, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma counties have been embattled by a series of fires. As of Wednesday morning, the fires had consumed nearly 150,000 acres and 2,000 structures while taking 21 lives with scores more still unaccounted for. We at Sovos […]

BevAlc Roundup: First National Economic Impact Study of the American Wine Industry, Licensing Dilemma, and Small Brewery Taprooms

In today’s roundup, we take a look at the first national economic impact study of the American wine industry, the licensing dilemma, and the large impact that small brewery taprooms are having on direct-to-consumer sales.

BevAlc Roundup: Wine shipping webinar, Sonoma’s tasting room limits, research results on craft beer buyers and spiked ice cream!

In today’s roundup we take a look at the California heatwave, avoiding wine packaging disasters, Sonoma’s limits on wine tasting rooms, Philadephia’s reaction to new PLCB rules and spiked ice cream! We invite winery professionals to attend our webinar this Wednesday, September 27, “How to Get Ready for Holiday Direct-to-Consumer Shipping.” Our guest speaker will […]

BevAlc Roundup: ShipCompliant Beer Summit, Crackdown on Interstate DtC, Oktoberfest-Proof Shoes and Blue Wine

In today’s roundup we’re pleased to announce that Paul Gatza of the Brewers Association will be our featured speaker at the ShipCompliant Beer Summit on Oct. 3. You’ll also find articles on how states are taking a hard look at interstate direct-to-consumer shipping, more news from Pennsylvania, updates from the TTB and new products that […]

Oregon Wine Board Reports Increase in 2016 Sales Despite Reduced Vineyard Production

The latest Oregon Vineyard and Winery Census Report, recently released by the Oregon Wine Board, shows steady market gains for Oregon wine, even as grape yields decreased slightly. Overall, the value of sales of Oregon wine in 2016 grew 12% from 2015, to just under $530m. These increased sales came largely from case sales — […]

BevAlc Roundup: Distribution trends, The New Craft Brewer Seal and a Slave’s Crucial Role in Whiskey History

New distribution trends, The New Craft Brewer Seal and a Slave’s Role in Whiskey History

BevAlc Roundup | Total Wine Wins Challenge on Discount Pricing, Do Your Compliance Prep in Summer for a Productive Winter and Fall, and Craft Breweries Across the U.S. Unveil Their Beer Recipes in New Guide

July is almost over, but the roundup is in full swing, covering Total Wine’s win on discount pricing in Massachusetts, compliance prep in summer creates a productive winter and fall, and craft breweries across the U.S. unveil their beer recipes in new guide. Cheers!     Total Wine Wins Challenge on Discount Pricing | A Boston […]

BevAlc Roundup | U.S. Distillers Brace For Possible EU Backlash Against Bourbon, Amazon Isn’t Developing Its Own Wine…Yet, and “The Sideways Effect”

Today’s roundup covers U.S. distillers brace for possible EU backlash against bourbon, Amazon isn’t developing its own wine…yet, and ‘The Sideways Effect’: how a wine-obsessed film reshaped the industry. Enjoy!     Approaches to Spirits Direct Shipping | Today nearly every state—plus the District of Columbia—allows wineries to ship wine across state lines directly to in-state […]

BevAlc Roundup | Pennsylvania to Require Quarterly DTC Reporting, Craft Fights Back Against “Big Beer” With Independent Seal, and UB40 Is Now Selling Wine … Red Red Wine

Today’s roundup covers Pennsylvania’ new DTC reporting requirement, craft beer’s independent seal, and the band UB40 is now selling wine … red red wine. Have a great July 4th holiday! Pennsylvania To Require Quarterly Reporting for Winery DtC Starting July 31 | On June 7, 2017 the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) sent out notices to […]

BevAlc Roundup | Massachusetts Sales Tax, Wine Summit Recap, and The Next Big Beer Style

Today’s roundup covers what’s next for Massachusetts sales tax, The ShipCompliant Wine Summit recap, and the next big beer style, according to brewers. Have a great week! TTB Newsletter | Top news includes the appointment of Karen Welch as the new director of our International Affairs Division, an overview of TTB’s organizational structure, and a reminder […]

BevAlc Roundup | MA Beer Distributors Push Franchise Reform Bill at State House, 5 Tasting Room Tips to Keep your Winery in Compliance, and ShipCompliant’s 12th Annual Event

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s roundup covers Massachusetts beer distributors’ push for a franchise reform bill at the State House, five tasting room tips to keep your winery in compliance, and ShipCompliant’s 12th annual event: GCS ShipCompliant Wine Summit. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in […]

BevAlc Roundup | NC Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association Crushes Breweries’ Effort to Raise Self Distribution Cap, 5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 ShipCompliant Wine Summit, and What Makes a Good Wine Label

The latest beverage alcohol industry news includes NC Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association crushes breweries’ effort to raise self distribution cap, 5 reasons to attend the 2017 ShipCompliant Wine Summit, and what makes a good wine label. Enjoy! What’s Wrong With LSU Beer? Plenty, Lawmaker Contends | A contentious proposal by a Shreveport, LA lawmaker would […]

5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 ShipCompliant Wine Summit

We invite you to join us at this year’s 2017 ShipCompliant Wine Summit in Wine Country. Every year ShipCompliant by Sovos hosts some of the most knowledgeable thought leaders about winery compliance and regulations that impact wineries’ day-to-day business. This Summit, formerly known as the “DIRECT Conference,” is now in its 12th year and we’re back […]

BevAlc Roundup | Alabama Home Wine Delivery, ShipCompliant Wine Summit, and Wild Turkey Declares it’s Non-GMO

The latest beverage alcohol industry news includes Alabama home wine delivery, ShipCompliant Wine Summit, and Wild Turkey declares it’s non-GMO. Enjoy!

BevAlc Roundup | Indiana’s Cold Beer Battle, ShipCompliant License Renewals, and Rose Forties

Happy Monday! The latest beverage alcohol industry news includes Indiana’s cold beer battle, ShipCompliant License Renewals, and rose forties. Cheers!

BevAlc Roundup | Utah Lowers DUI Threshold, Top 10 Craft Beer Producing Countries, and the Science of Fat-Washing Cocktails

Below is the latest beverage alcohol industry news, including Utah lowering its DUI threshold, top 10 craft beer producing countries, and the science of fat-washing cocktails. Enjoy!

BevAlc Roundup | Utah Lowers DUI Threshold, Minnesota Sunday Liquor Sales, and a Beer Hotel With IPA-Filled Hot Tubs

Below is the latest beverage alcohol industry news, including Utah lowering its DUI threshold, Minnesota allowing liquor sales on Sunday, and Brewdog’s plans to build the “Disneyland” of craft beer with IPA-filled hot tubs. I hope you enjoy!

Missouri Moves to Online Filing for Direct Shippers

Missouri is set to join the paperless revolution by implementing an online platform for its tax returns. The Missouri Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) now requires all beverage alcohol suppliers required to submit excise tax and shipping reports to the state to only file online with a MoLogin account. This process has been in place for […]

BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Bond Termination Under PATH, Q&A From “Shifting Trends in the Beer Industry” Webinar, and a Flood of Pappy Van Winkle

Today, we’ve once again brought you the latest beverage alcohol industry news. This includes the TTB’s bond termination under PATH act provisions, Q&A from “Shifting Trends in the Beer Industry” webinar, and a flood of Pappy Van Winkle. Let me know if I missed anything.

BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Request for Comments Hard Cider Tax, Gluten Free Beer, and the First Woman in Moonshine

Today, our roundup includes TTB’s request for comments about changes to the hard cider tax rate, gluten free beer, and the first woman in the moonshine business. Enjoy!

BevAlc Roundup | Tequila to get U.S. Certification Mark, 2016 DTC Wine Shipments Reach $2.3 billion, and Shifting Trends in the Beer Industry

  Today, our roundup includes Tequila to get U.S. certification mark,  2016 DTC wine shipments reach $2.3 billion, and shifting trends in the beer industry. I hope you enjoy!

BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Cancellation of ITDS Pilot Program, DTC Wine Shipments Reach $2.3 Billion in 2016, and Shower Beer

  Today, our roundup includes TTB’s cancellation of ITDS pilot program, DTC wine shipments reach $2.3 billion in 2016, and shower beer. I hope you enjoy!

BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Changes to Import Paperwork, 2016 Regulations in Review, and Trademark Disputes in 2016

  Happy New Year! Today, our roundup is back from holiday break and includes TTB’s changes to import paperwork, 2016 regulations in review, and trademark disputes in 2016.

A Year to Remember — 2016 Regulations in Review

For better or for worse, 2016 is nearing its end. So what better time to look back and review all that’s happened in beverage alcohol regulations than now? Twelve months ago, we predicted a calm year with limited change ahead. Today we know how foolhardy that prediction was. In 2016, no fewer than four states […]

BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Plan for COLAs Online, Arizona Releases DtC License, and Craft Beer Year in Review

  Today, our roundup includes updates to TTB’s COLAs Online, Arizona’s new DtC license, and a look at craft beer year in review. If you read something I missed, let me know!

BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Notice No. 164, ShipCompliant EOY Webinar, and the Dr. Frankenstein of Beer

  I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. Today, our roundup includes a TTB notice on proposed rulemaking for the production of wine, ShipCompliant’s EOY Webinar, and the Dr. Frankenstein of beer. If you read something I missed, let me know!

BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Q&A on FDA Food Facility Requirements, Best Practices for Bringing Products to Market, and the Next Craft Beer Trend

  Today, our roundup includes the TTB’s Q&A on FDA food facility requirements, best practices for bringing products to market, and the next craft beer trend. I hope you enjoy. If you read something I missed, let me know!

BevAlc Roundup | Retail Direct to Consumer Shipping, Climate Change and Wine Production, and Craft Distilleries

  Happy Halloween! Hope you have a fun and safe holiday. Today, our roundup includes a look at some upcoming legislative changes, how climate change is affecting wine production, and archaeological news at Buffalo Trace. I hope you enjoy. If you read something I missed, let me know!

BevAlc Roundup | Overview of the AB InBev-SABMiller merger, BACS 2016, and Harvest reports

I hope you had a great weekend! Today, our roundup includes the mega-merger of AB InBev and SABMiller, harvest reports on grapes and hops, and the Craft Beverage Modernization Act. I hope you enjoy. If you read something I missed, let me know!

BevAlc Roundup | Overview of the TTB’s New Rulings on Formulas, BACS 2016, and Spirits Trends

I hope you had a great weekend! Today, our roundup includes an overview of the TTB’s new formula requirements for wine and spirits, BACS 2016, and spirits trends. I hope you enjoy. If you read something I missed, let me know!

BevAlc Roundup | Overview of the TTB’s New Labeling Regulations, BACS 2016, and the Rise of Canned Wine

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! Today, our roundup includes an overview of the TTB’s labeling regulations, BACS 2016, and the rise of canned wine. I hope you enjoy. If you read something I missed, let me know!

BevAlc Roundup | DOJ’s Final Judgement on the SABMiller Acquisition, Changes in Pennsylvania and Iowa, Music Licensing for Wineries

After a short summer vacation, our Beverage Alcohol Roundup is back! In this issue, we distill the recent DOJ Final Judgement on the SABMiller acquisition, Pennsylvania opens up DtC, and Iowa looks at ways to support growth of their beverage alcohol industries. We hope you find these articles useful. If you read something I missed, please […]

Weekly Roundup | Overview of the ‘Durbin Amendment,’ DtC Growth Nationwide, and Craft Beer in Science

I hope you had a great weekend with lots of rest and sunshine! Today, our weekly roundup includes an overview of the ‘Durbin Amendment,’ a look at DtC growth nationwide, and the role of craft beer in science. I hope you enjoy. If you read something I missed, let me know!

Weekly Roundup | Impact of Brexit, a Recap of DIRECT 2016, and a Look at US Distilleries

I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July! Today, our weekly roundup includes information on the impact of Brexit, a recap of DIRECT 2016, and a look at US distilleries. Enjoy your short week, and if I missed anything interesting, let me know! 

Weekly Roundup | Illinois DtC Bill Adding Rules, Louisiana Improving DtC Laws, and Global Warming and Its Impacts

I hope everyone who attended our DIRECT Conference last week had a wonderful time! Our team so enjoyed the opportunity to meet with clients and come together to Build Tomorrow. Stay tuned for content from the event to come. Today, we’ve once again brought you the latest beverage alcohol industry news. This includes new rules […]

Weekly Roundup | Colorado Grocery Store Liquor Sales, Michigan’s DtC Crackdown, and Wineries Targeting Pennsylvania

This is an exciting week, with our DIRECT conference just three days away! If you haven’t registered yet, there are just a few spots left! Today, we’ve once again brought you the latest beverage alcohol industry news. This includes Colorado’s liquor sales in grocery stores, Michigan cracking down on DtC sales, and the wine industry […]

Weekly Roundup | Pennsylvania to Allow DtC Wine Sales, South Carolina Legislation Changes, and Tech Updates in the Wine Industry

I’d like to take a moment to share our support for the families and communities affected by the tragedy in Orlando. Orlando is in our thoughts and our hearts. We’ve been sharing this Spotify playlist around the office today in their honor, and I hope it might also bring a bit of healing to your day. Today, […]

Weekly Roundup | Arkansas and Kansas Label Renewal, Budweiser’s ‘America,’ and a Take on the Anheuser-Busch Merger

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful, sunny weekend. Today’s roundup covers Arkansas and Kansas label renewals, the logistics behind Budweiser’s ‘America,’ and a take on the Anheuser-Busch SABMiller merger. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the comments. Enjoy your week!

Weekly Roundup | California Label Requirements, Napa Valley Growth, and an Update on Hard Soda Trends

Happy Tuesday, folks! I hope you had a delightful Memorial Day Weekend. Today’s roundup covers California label requirements, Napa Valley wine industry growth, and an update on hard soda trends. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the comments. Have a great short week!

Weekly Roundup | Virginia Website Update, South Carolina’s Initiatives, and Record Property Values for Napa Valley

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s roundup covers changes to Virginia’s website, a look at South Carolina’s legislative impacts on the craft beer industry, and details about Napa Valley Vineyard land values increases. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | Protection Against Proposition 65, Washington Wine Growth, and April Wine Sales

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s roundup covers information on California’s proposition 65 BPA lawsuits, an overview of Washington’s wine market, and details about April wine sales growth. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | TTB Speeding Things Up, 500-Year-Old Beer Law, Light Up DIRECT Announcement

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend. Today’s roundup covers the TTB’s speedy processing times, Dogfish Head calling out the 500-year-old German beer law, and details about this year’s Light Up DIRECT and how you can get involved. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the […]

Weekly Roundup | PRO Expands to South Carolina, Possible L.A. Restriction Lift, and DIRECT 2016 Session Announcement

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s roundup covers PRO expansion in South Carolina, a possible L.A. County restriction lift for the wine industry, and details about this year’s DIRECT Conference breakout session. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | NY’s Proposed Alcohol Law Changes, Regulations on GA Craft Breweries, and the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s roundup covers recommended changes to New York’s alcohol laws, new regulations surrounding Georgia craft brewers, and details on the TTB’s approval of Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | Beer Barrel Tax Proposal, 2016 DtC Wine Stats, and Winery Marketing Tips

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s roundup covers West Virginia’s barrel tax proposal, retail opportunities for brewery licensees under Oregon’s new law, and ShipCompliant’s 11th Annual DIRECT Conference Lineup. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | Distillery Trade Pact, Upcoming South Dakota Reporting Deadline, and Arizona DtC Law Change

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s roundup covers distilleries seeking to benefit from the new Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, South Dakota’s upcoming DtC shipping reporting deadline, and DtC shipping in Arizona. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | Arizona DtC Market Expansion, California Wage Hike Implications, and Wine’s Effect on Economy

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and didn’t get too fooled this past Friday. Today’s roundup covers Arizona’s new law enabling the direct-to-consumer shipping market to expand, how California’s wage hike will impact the industry, and the wine industry’s impact on the U.S. economy. As always, if you read something […]

Weekly Roundup | Sixth Circuit Decision on A-B Labeling, 2015 Craft Beer Data, Wine Industry’s Research Commitment

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful weekend. This week’s roundup covers a decision concerning A-B’s overstating alcohol levels, how craft beer performed in 2015, and where science meets the grape vine in Washington. I hope you find it interesting. As always, if you read something I missed, let me […]

Weekly Roundup | DtC Update from LA, Millennial Consumption Data, and the Future of Wine Bottles

Happy Monday, folks! I hope this first week of spring is treating you well so far. This week, our roundup has lots of updates, including some important news from Louisiana, millennial consumption data, and the changing landscape of wine bottles. I hope you find it interesting. If you read something I missed, let me know in […]

New DtC Registration Requirement and Restrictions for Off-Site Sales in LA

The ATC has reversed its eight-year-old position that wineries holding contracts with Louisiana wholesalers were allowed to ship direct-to-consumers any label not already sold to a wholesaler. That will no longer be the case. A winery that sells to a Louisiana wholesaler is no longer permitted to make off-site direct sales of any of its products.

Weekly Roundup | U.S. Tariff Cuts On Wine Exports, Mandatory Labeling Pushed Back, and Oregon Wineries Anticipating Huge Growth

Happy Saint Patrick’s week everyone! To get your week moving, we’ve brought you the latest news roundup. This week, the updates include anticipated growth for Oregon wineries, a repeal that allows the U.S. to avoid costly tariffs, and an update on FDA labeling requirements. As always, let me know if I missed anything and have […]

Weekly Roundup | New Colorado Sales Tax Law, Connecticut Ends UNIMERC Requirement, and the ‘Next Napa’

Happy Monday everyone! To kick off the first full week of March, we have the latest industry updates, including changes in Colorado’s sales tax reporting, an end to Connecticut’s UNIMERC requirement, and the growth of a new wine region that has been dubbed the ‘Next Napa’. As always, let me know if I missed anything!

Update | New Colorado Sales Tax Reporting Requirements Could Affect Wineries

A Colorado law (C.R.S. 39-12-112.3.5), which imposes notification and reporting requirements on businesses that do not collect sales taxes on their sales in Colorado, was recently upheld by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. This law affects all “non-collecting retailers,” a group that includes out-of-state wineries making direct-to-consumer (DtC) sales into Colorado.

Connecticut Announces End of UNIMERC Requirement

As an alcohol beverage compliance nerd, there’s little I enjoy more than when a state wrestles with a complex topic. This is especially true when the result of its wrestling is to simplify an industry issue. This happened recently when Connecticut announced that it would no longer require a UNIMERC Brand Code to register products […]

Weekly Roundup | State Elections Impact Craft Breweries, Wine Sales in Oregon, and Reasons to Go Green!

Hello, all! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to spring as much as I am! To get this week started, we have the latest industry updates, including a look at how elections could impact craft brewers, sales forecast from Oregon, and another reason to go green. Let me know if […]

New Partner | SimplyCMS Launches Integration

ShipCompliant regularly introduces you to wine industry software systems who have recently built integrations to our compliance, tax, and address validation APIs. This week we are excited to tell you about simplyCMS and invite you to join a live integration demo on Tuesday, March 1st (sign up below). You can view all current partners here and find out more information about our partner program here.

Weekly Roundup | Clarity on Gluten-Free Labeling, DtC Laws for Breweries, and New Rulings on Category Management

Happy Monday, folks! To start the week off, I’ve brought you the roundup once again. This week’s highlights include information regarding the TTB’s ruling for gluten-free labeling, updates on direct-to-consumer laws for breweries in Louisiana and Mississippi, and a breakdown of category management for wholesalers. I hope you find this informative, and as always, let […]

New Ruling from TTB Categorically Manages Category Management

On February 11th, TTB issued Ruling 2016-1, clarifying that wholesalers of beverage alcohol may provide retailers with shelf plans and shelf schematics without violating tied-house restrictions—however, the real impact of Ruling 2016-1 is in what it seems to prohibit, rather than what it permits.

On Growth and Gratitude

ShipCompliant was originally launched to help wineries access the burgeoning Direct to Consumer channel back in January 2006.  Since then, our bootstrapped team in Boulder, along with our steadfast industry partners and supportive clients, have reshaped the industry and enabled a $2B market to flourish.  We have expanded from serving wineries to assisting all beverage […]

Weekly Roundup | Wine Distributor Merger, Wine Sales in Farmers Markets, and This Year’s Beer Trends

Happy Monday, all! I hope you had a great Super Bowl weekend. (We sure did here in Colorado! Go Broncos! Go Broncos!) To kick off the week, we have all of the latest updates from the industry. Today’s roundup includes news about a large wine distributor merger, Ohio’s plans for wine sales at farmers’ markets, […]

Weekly Roundup| California Sustainability Update, DtC Market Performance, and Trademark Spam Warnings

Happy Monday! We took a pause from the roundup last week to instead bring you the 2016 DtC Wine Shipping Report. We’re back this week with the most important updates from the industry. Today’s roundup includes big news for California vineyard sustainability, an overview of the DtC market performance, and trademark spam warning signs. Hope you find it interesting, and […]

Event Announcement | 2016 DIRECT Conference

We are excited to share that ShipCompliant’s annual DIRECT Conference will take place June 23-24, 2016. This year, we’re taking DIRECT 2016 on the road – to San Francisco! This is the 11th year we’ve hosted this event, and we’re eager to make it better than ever!

Weekly Roundup | Hard Cider Defined, U.S. Wine Sales, and Craft Beer Marketing

Hope you had a great Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! To help you prepare for your short week, we’ve compiled the most important news for you to read. Today, we’ve brought you the TTB’s definition of hard cider, an update on U.S. wine sales, and a crash course in craft beer marketing. I hope you […]

Weekly Roundup | Latest Millennial Data, Impact of CA Weather, and Beer Management Tips

Happy Monday! As you jump into the week, give our weekly roundup a read! We’ve brought you the industry news you should know, including the latest millennial data, impacts of the California weather, and beer management tips. I hope you find it interesting and helpful. Let me know if I missed something!

Weekly Roundup | Latest Beer Trends, Social Media Don’ts, and Detox Cocktails

Happy Monday! I hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready to take on the new year! Today, to help you get back into the swing of things, we’ve brought you the latest beer trends, some social media no-nos, and detox cocktails. Let me know if I’ve missed anything interesting. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | New Year Predictions, 2015 Year-End Review, and Legislative Updates

Season’s Greetings! I hope you had a holly, jolly week. To help you close out the year, we’ve brought you the weekly roundup. This week features predictions for the coming year, a 2015 year-end review, and legislative updates for breweries. I hope you find it interesting and helpful. As always, let me know if there’s […]

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 […]

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. If someone doesn’t play fairly, everyone else is going to make a stink about it, and they might even just take their ball and go home. Canada and Mexico have been calling the U.S. out for playing unfairly for […]

Weekly Roundup | FDA Proposal for ‘Gluten-Free’ Products, Beer by State, and Our Reporting Webinar Recap

Happy Monday! I hope you’re enjoying the season and feeling festive! Once again, we have our news roundup to get you prepared for the week. Today, our roundup features proposed FDA requirements for ‘gluten-free’ products, beer styles by state, and a recap for our end-of-year reporting webinar. I hope you find it interesting and helpful. […]

Guest Post | Insight from Women of the Vine Founder

In 2006, Deborah Brenner wrote ‘Women of the Vine,’ to share collected stories of women in the wine industry. Today, this idea has grown into the Women of the Vine Alliance that supports and empowers women in the beverage alcohol industry worldwide. We asked Deborah to share her story and some of her insight into the wine […]

Weekly Roundup | Year-End Review for Breweries, Global Warming’s Implications for Wine, and the Future of Wine Drinkers

Greetings! I hope you had a lovely weekend full of pre-holiday festivities. This week, our news roundup features a year-end review for breweries, implications of global warming on wine, and predictions for ‘next-gen’ wine drinkers. I hope you find it interesting and helpful. As always, let me know if there’s something I missed. Have a great […]

Guest Post | COLAs Provide Scant Protection from Class Action Claims

As you may have noticed, there has been a recent increase in the class action lawsuits in the beverage alcohol industry. Tito’s Vodka, in particular, has been under scrutiny for claims of false or misleading packaging. These class action suits are important to keep up with, as they can have significant implications for the industry. […]

Weekly Roundup | New PRO State, Cyber Monday Wine Deals, and Tips to Remarket Unsold Wine

Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely holiday and have recovered from any food coma your Thanksgiving may have resulted in. To help you jump back into the week, we’ve brought you our roundup full of the latest industry news. This edition features the latest PRO state, a look at Cyber Monday for wineries, […]

What We’re Thankful for This Year

It has been an incredible year here at ShipCompliant — we have a lot to be grateful for. The stress that comes this time of year makes it easy to forget to take pause and express gratitude to those around you, so we want to be sure to take a moment to step back and say […]

Guest Post | Introducing New Technologies to the Supplier

Recently, many of our clients have been curious about improving their processes in order to create a more efficient and secure business. We’ve covered some ways you can do this previously, but for this post, we asked Andre Preoteasa, a leader in IT for beverage alcohol, to share some of his insight concerning technology in the […]

Event Recap | 2015 Beverage Alcohol Community Symposium

This year’s Beverage Alcohol Community Symposium (BACS) was jam packed with educational content from our speakers and insightful commentary from our attendees. We enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces in the audience this year, and were thrilled to meet many new people who make up this incredible community within our industry. We encourage all of […]

Weekly Roundup | Latest Tito’s Ruling, Grapevine Genetics, and Importer Tips

Greetings! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and are gearing up for some serious eating this week. Once again, we’ve brought you our roundup full of the latest industry news. This edition features the latest Tito’s federal court ruling, a look at how genetics are changing grapevines, and some tips for importers. I hope […]

Weekly Roundup | Threat to Virginia’s Liquor Monopoly, Lower Drinking Age Ballot, and a Crop Update from CA

Greetings! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Once again, we’ve brought you our roundup full of the latest industry news. This edition features a threat to Virginia’s ABC liquor monopoly, a lower drinking age ballot, and a crop update from California. I hope you find it interesting. Have a great week, and let me […]

Weekly Roundup | Kombucha Regulation, Take Your Winery Mobile How-To, and Do’s and Don’ts of the DtC Industry

Happy Monday! With the holidays around the corner, the to-do lists are growing. To make things a little easier on you, we’ve compiled our weekly roundup of industry news to know. This week we have an overview of kombucha regulation, guidelines to take your winery mobile, and do’s and don’ts for the direct-to-consumer industry. I […]

Weekly Roundup | Lessons from the FDA Warning Letter, November Beers, and a Guide to Drive Holiday Sales

Happy Monday! November is here, and with it comes lots of news from the beverage alcohol industry. We’ve compiled our weekly newsletter to bring you the latest. This week we have some important lessons from FDA Warning Letters, November beers, and a guide for driving your holiday sales with social media. I hope you find […]

Weekly Roundup | Craft Beverage Modernization Act Update, Cybersecurity for Your Business, and an Interview with Pernod Ricard’s CFO

It’s already our last weekend in October! To help you cope, our roundup today consists of an update on the Craft Beverage Modernization Act, cybersecurity best practices for your business, and an interview with Pernod Ricard’s CFO. Find something interesting I missed? Let me know in the comments. Have a great Monday, and a very […]

Weekly Roundup | 2015 Winegrape Harvest Review, Beer Policy by the Numbers, and a Wholesale Industry Event

Happy Monday! I hope you had time to rest up for the week. Our roundup today consists of the 2015 winegrape harvest review, beer policy by the numbers, and an event announcement for the wholesale industry. Find something interesting I missed? Let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | Implications of the TPP, Marketing to Millennials, and Malt Beverage Labeling with the TTB

Happy Monday! I hope you had a delight-fall weekend. This week our roundup contains the TPP’s implications for wineries tips for winning over millennials, and more! I hope you enjoy it, and if I missed something, be sure to let me know in the comments.

Weekly Roundup | Ask Me Anything with the TTB, Latest Wine Trends, and Millennial Characteristics to Know

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed your first weekend of October! This week our roundup contains an Ask Me Anything event with the TTB, the latest in wine trends, six characteristics of millennials you need to know, and more! I hope you enjoy it, and if I missed something, be sure to let me know in […]

Ask Me Anything | Get Your Industry Questions Answered!

We’ve all had that question we just can’t get answered. We’ve done the googling. We’ve called the know-it-all-friend. We’ve sent some emails. But sometimes, you just need to talk to an expert. The solution? Our free ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) events, hosted on the Beverage Alcohol Community (BAC) for its members. These online events provide […]

Weekly Roundup | Developments in Illinois Webinar Recording, New Trade Alliance for Women, and a Benchmark Number of Breweries

Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying your last few days of September and are as eager for pumpkin season as we all are! This weekly roundup is absolutely packed with updates. We have a webinar recording of the latest from the Qui Tam Cases in Illinois, a new trade alliance for women in the […]

Meet Taxify, the New Kid on the Sales Tax Block

ShipCompliant exists to take care of complex areas of business that many people don’t have the time or expertise to deal with. Compliance, sales and use tax, shipping, fulfillment, and more. ShipCompliant works to get these activities out of your way so that you can work on creating and selling your wine, beer, or spirits. […]

Weekly Roundup | Good News for Cideries, Update from PA, and Pumpkin Keg How-To

I hope your last weekend of summer was delightful. This week marks the first week of Fall! We’ve collected a roundup of other exciting news, including legislation to help cideries, an update on privatization in PA, and instructions for making a pumpkin keg. Read something interesting I missed? Share it in the comments.

Weekly Roundup | Social Media Advertising, Latest on Palcohol, and More Illinois Updates

I hope your weekend was excellent! This week, we’re sharing the TTB’s guidance on social media advertisement, the latest legislative update on Palcohol, and more updates for the qui tam cases in Illinois. If you read something interesting I missed, be sure to share it in the comments. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | Illinois Update, Impact of Legal Marijuana on Alcohol Sales, and a Prohibition History Lesson

Happy September! I hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend and got to soak up some of the last bit of summer. This week, we’re sharing the latest update from Illinois, alcohol sales’ response to legalized marijuana, and a history lesson from the prohibition era. If you read something interesting I missed, be sure […]

Illinois Update | Attorney General Announces New Relief in Shipping Tax Cases, but Wineries Must Act Fast

Wineries facing a lawsuit for failing to collect shipping taxes may have another means of relief according to a recent announcement by the Illinois Attorney General (AG). As first reported by attorney David Ruskin, the AG has indicated that she will conduct further reviews of pending False Claim cases based on new rules proposed by […]

Sovos Compliance Purchases WineDirect Compliance and Strengthens Partnership

We’re excited to announce that our parent company, Sovos Compliance, has purchased WineDirect Compliance, a product of WineDirect. ShipCompliant has taken over the operation of the WineDirect Compliance platform, and clients that are currently using it either directly, or through a subscription to Vin65 Plus can continue to use the tool without interruption. Vin65 clients […]

Weekly Roundup | Best Practices for Branding, Wine Purchasing of Millennials, and Three Decades of the DtC Industry

I hope you had a great last weekend in August! I’ve put together this roundup to once again bring you the latest and greatest in beverage alcohol news. This week, we have your best practices for beer branding, wine purchasing trends for Generation Y, and Steve Gross’s three-decade view of the DtC industry. Read something interesting […]

Guest Post | A Long View Perspective on DtC Shipping

When it comes to understanding the most important legislative changes for wine direct shippers, nobody has a better handle on the shifting landscape than Steve Gross, Wine Institute’s VP of State Relations. At this year’s DIRECT Conference, Steve ran through all the intricacies and implications of the last year’s legislative changes for DIRECT attendees. His […]

Weekly Roundup | Wine at Starbucks, Confessions of a Spirits Retailer, and Your Guide to Twitter

I hope you had a fantastic and fulfilling weekend. Our news roundup is here to jumpstart your week. This edition features wine at Starbucks, confessions of a spirits retailer, and your social media guide for Twitter. Come across something interesting I missed? Let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

Weekly Roundup | The Future of Direct Wine, LA Label Registration Update, and the Latest Consumer Trends

I hope you had time to unwind and re-energize yourself this weekend. The news roundup is here to help you greet the week. This edition provides a look at the possible future of direct wine sales, everything you need to know about LA label registrations, and new consumer trends. Come across something interesting I missed? […]

Weekly Roundup | 2015 Legislative Issues, ABV Trends in Wine, and Tips to Build Brewpub Loyalty

I hope you had a delightful and restful weekend. To jump-start your week, check out this news roundup. This edition contains updates on some of 2015’s wine legislative issues, trends in wine ABV, and tips to build brewpub loyalty. Read something useful I missed? Let me know in the comments. Enjoy your Monday!

Illinois Update: Wine Institute Files Suit, Attorney General Creates Settlement Formula

You can read an update on the Illinois situation here. There were several big developments these past two weeks in the ongoing saga around tax on shipping charges in Illinois. We’ve been keeping a running list of resources and articles related to this issue at the bottom of our blog post, Are Shipping Charges Taxable in Illinois. […]

Ciders: The Next Big Thing?

The direct-to-consumer wine market is booming, the craft beer industry has exploded in growth, and somehow there’s room for another beverage alcohol type to gain steam — cider. This crisp, fruity refreshment is becoming increasingly popular in the beverage alcohol industry, and its popularity is only expected to grow.

Weekly Roundup | Wine Institute Responds to Illinois Lawsuits, Insight for TTB Name Acceptance, and Results from Marijuana Poll

It’s hard to believe it’s already August! To help you start the month on the right foot, I’ve compiled all the latest industry news for your reading. This week’s roundup features Wine Institute’s legal response to the Illinois lawsuits, insight for getting your fanciful name accepted by the TTB, and the Gallup Poll results on […]

Weekly Roundup | FDA Labeling Extension, “Smart” Version of TTB’s Most Popular Form, and MillerCoors’ Response to Blue Moon Case

I hope you had a relaxing and fun weekend. To help catch you up on this lovely Monday morning, I’ve put together a weekly roundup of industry news. Know of something I missed? Share it in the comments.

Weekly Roundup | Apps to Increase Sales, TTB’s Don’ts for Marketing, and DTC Updates

I hope you had a restful and enjoyable weekend! To get you ready for the week, I’ve compiled a weekly roundup of industry news — check it out below. Read something interesting I missed? Share it in the comments.

New Product Announcement | ShipCompliant Delivery Experience Tools

We are excited to announce the release of our latest solution — the Delivery Experience. These tools were created to empower wineries to provide their customers with exceptional customer service from tasting room to table. Its release was announced by ShipCompliant President Jason Eckenroth May 28th at DIRECT, our annual conference held in Napa Valley. Sign up […]

Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado Announces Grant

Contribution from ShipCompliant means big impact for local nonprofit The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) today announced it will distribute a generous grant to The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. The grant is made possible because Boulder startup ShipCompliant elected to share a portion of its sale proceeds with the community. ShipCompliant recently merged with […]

ShipCompliant Merges with Sovos Compliance

A Message from ShipCompliant President, Jason Eckenroth I’m excited to announce that ShipCompliant has combined forces with Sovos Compliance, a leader in tax compliance and reporting software. It’s a done deal; you won’t talk me out of it. Who is Sovos Compliance? Sovos Compliance is the recently named combination of compliance industry powerhouses Taxware, Convey […]

Approved by TTB, Palcohol Battle Shifts to States

As mostly expected, TTB approved labels for the sale of powdered alcohol. The approval of “Palcohol” labels was announced yesterday by TTB spokesman Tom Hogue speaking to The Associated Press. Lipsmark, the owner of the Palcohol brand, announced the label approvals on its website yesterday: “The TTB approved Palcohol today — finally! It is now […]

New Michigan Excise Tax Structure Starts This Month

The January 2015 report for Michigan liquor excise taxes is due this month, bringing the first reporting period with the new tax liability structure (noted in a previous blog post) to a close. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) has sent several notices to registered licensees of all tiers regarding these changes in the reporting […]

Direct Wine Shipping to South Dakota Gets the Green Light

Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed into law legislation House Bill 1001, passed by the South Dakota legislature that finally ends the state’s prohibition against wine direct shipping. When the new law becomes effective on January 1, 2016, the gates will be open for winery to consumer shipments to the Mount Rushmore state. The passage of […]

Report Shows Record-Breaking Year for Direct Wine Shipping

–For Immediate Release– ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Release Annual Report Showing Value of Winery Direct Shipments Jumping 15.5% in 2014 (Boulder, COLORADO)—American wineries increased the dollar value of their direct-to-consumer shipments by an unprecedented 15.5% in 2014, with an equally record-breaking increase in the volume of those shipments. The average price per bottle of […]

FedEx will begin shipping wine to Massachusetts on Febuary 1st

FedEx announced today that, effective Feb. 1, 2015, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will open the state of Massachusetts for legal shipments of alcoholic beverages. The announcement provided the following: FedEx Ground and FedEx Express will both transport legal alcoholic beverage shipments into, out of and within the state of Massachusetts starting Feb. 1, 2015. […]

Ship or Distribute to Indiana? Here’s How to Meet Their New Requirements

Starting with the October filing period, Indiana requires all alcohol beverage companies working in Indiana to electronically remit monthly excise tax returns and shipment reports. This method for electronic filing and payment is unique to Indiana and does not exist in any other state report. ShipCompliant will be holding several webinars over the coming weeks […]

Expansion of Allowable Label Revisions by TTB Helps Industry

Last week TTB expanded the list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Alcohol Beverage Labels within the Industry Circular 2014-02. These minor changes come after a major effort last year to reduce the number of new label submissions from domestic suppliers. You can read more about the first change in this blog post. Previously approved labels with […]

Direct Shipping To Massachusetts–Finally!

Eight years after Massachusetts passed an unworkable and overly-restrictive direct shipping bill, and four years since the same law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, Bay State legislators finally passed a workable direct wine shipping law that will allow out-of-state and in-state wineries to ship wine directly to state residents. The new law was […]

Accelerating the Demise of Paper

In calendar year 2013, ShipCompliant generated over 200,000 reports (sales and use tax, excise tax, direct shipping reports, wholesale gallonage reports, markup tax reports) for our clients. These reports generated over 700,000 pages of paper that were printed and mailed across the country (with paper checks as well) to the various state agencies. On top […]

Introducing AutoFile – Fully Automated Filing & Payments

To our valued customers: The US beverage alcohol industry has it tough. It is one of the most regulated industries in the United States, as well as one of the most fragmented. Our industry is full of thousands of small businesses and startups; Entrepreneurs following their passion and seeking to achieve their dream of building […]

No Need to Update Your ShipCompliant Passwords Because of the Heartbleed Bug

By now, you have probably heard about an encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug. This bug affected web applications using a particular version of OpenSSL, a protocol designed to provide security for information transmitted over the internet. A widely-used version of OpenSSL was vulnerable to an issue in which sensitive information could potentially be exposed […]

South Dakota Takes Wine Product Registration Online

Product renewals for 2014 in South Dakota can now be done online. South Dakota now joins Arkansas as one of the most recent states to institute on-line product registrations, continuing the trend toward digital product registration, away from the realm of pulp and fiber and into the digital space. Suppliers of wine, spirits and beer […]

FedEx will (not) continue delivering wine shipments to North Dakota

Update 10/22/2013: FedEx will halt shipments to North Dakota effective immediately. Official statement from FedEx below. This communication is to confirm that FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will cease transporting alcoholic beverages destined to an address in North Dakota effective immediately. FedEx has been unable to arrive at a solution that would […]

FedEx to Halt Shipments to North Dakota

FedEx will stop shipping wine to North Dakota, effective November 1st. Please see below for a statement from FedEx sent to Wine Institute members. Due to recent changes in North Dakota law, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will cease transporting shipments containing alcoholic beverages to and within the state of North Dakota, […]

TTB Halts Regulatory Functions

As a result of the government shutdown, TTB has halted regulatory functions. Licensees will not be able to access COLAs Online, Permits Online, or Formulas Online. This also means that ShipCompliant’s integration with COLAs Online will not be available during the shutdown. As soon as appropriations are made available, TTB will work on restoring these […]

Big Changes in Arkansas for Wine and Spirits Brand Registrations

Big changes regarding alcohol regulations continue to unfold for Arkansas this year with the passage of HB 1480, now Act 1105 (signed into law shortly Arkansas’ recent direct shipping bill). Act 1105 effectively changes the current wine and spirits brand registration process. Below is a table comparing the current requirements with the new requirements outlined […]

Limited to On-site Sales, Arkansas Passes Bill to Allow Direct Shipping

On March 21, 2013, House Bill 1749 became Act 483, signifying its passage into law. Once enacted mid-August, the state of Arkansas will be added to the list of states that allow wineries to ship wine directly to consumers — but with many limitations. Aside from the low cost of the license, the requirements under […]

The Pac Northwest is Heating Up! Learn How to Harness the Growth

Next week, our team will be in Napa to celebrate our 8th annual DIRECT Conference. If you’ll be in the area on June 13th, we’d love for you to attend! But did you know that we’ll also be holding events in Oregon and Washington this month? It’s easy to see why hundreds of brands in […]

Is the Marketplace Fairness Act Fair for Wineries?

In short, yes, for a couple of reasons: 1. Wineries already pay sales tax in most states 2. The vast majority of wineries will likely be exempt from the law So what is it, exactly? Senate Bill S. 743, more commonly known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act“, is a pretty simple bill that would give […]

Nebraska Tightens up Existing Direct Shipping Law

LB 230 passed Nebraska’s unicameral legislature and was signed by the Governor on April 24, 2013. The new law will go into effect on September 6, 2013. Nebraska is currently open to direct shipping from wineries and retailers (although there was some debate recently as to whether retailers should qualify under the current law), with […]

Variety: The Spice of Life for Direct Shipping?

Among the most revealing facts in the new 2013 Direct Wine Shipping Report we recently released with Wines & Vines is that, given all the various types of wines produced and sold by wineries, a very select few types of wine dominate those shipped direct to the consumer. Together, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Red Blends, […]

October 1st Brings New Direct Wine Shipping Regulations to Montana

Montana House Bill 402 was signed by Governor Bullock on April 12, 2013 and creates workable direct wine shipping laws in the state. The new law, effective on October 1, 2013, will replace the flawed consumer licensing system presently in place for wine shipping in Montana. Current regulations require that out-of-state wineries ship only to […]

The 2013 Direct Shipping Report: How Will It Change Your Strategy?

Every year, ShipCompliant teams with Wines & Vines to report on the state of the direct-to-consumer wine market. The 2013 Direct Shipping Report is now available! If you are feeling antsy, feel free to click here to download the report! If you’ve got a few minutes, we’ve provided some summary highlights below. The model, built […]

NCSLA 2013 Conference Presents “COLA Changes on the Horizon”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 11, 2013 CONTACT: Pamela Frantz, Executive Director 847-721-6410 The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, Incorporated (NCSLA) will assemble June 24-28th on the island of Oahu at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii for its 2013 annual meeting and conference. Serving as conference host is the Honolulu Liquor Commission. […]

North Dakota Makes Direct Shipping Easier for Wineries and Retailers

North Dakota legislature has passed, and its Governor has signed into law on April 1, new legislation that will allow wine orders to be shipped from any fulfillment house that obtains a North Dakota “logistics shipper” license, require licensure of common carriers, and make other related changes to the state’s direct shipping law. These new […]

To Stay Afloat, Here is a Life Buoy of Wine Compliance Legislative Updates

As the snow melts here in Boulder, it’s time for a status update on the direct shipping bills we expected to see in 2013, as well as other notable legislation. 1. How are Direct Shipping Bills Stacking Up? Massachusetts has seen six direct shipping bills introduced this session, and though there hasn’t been much movement […]

Virginia and Third Parties – What You Need To Know Before November 4

In July of 2009, the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (Virginia ABC) sent out Circular Letter 09-05 to Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipper and Beer Shipper licensees, prohibiting Direct Shippers from contracting with third parties for receiving or shipping orders on behalf of the licensee. Since then, Virginia has been working with industry members to outline […]

Save the Peach Trees! Alcohol Tax Filing Goes Online in Georgia

Alcohol Tax Filers who pay Georgia Excise Tax or related Georgia license fees will be required to file and renew online beginning September 2012 through the Georgia Tax Center (GTC). The Georgia Department of Revenue (GDOR) has sent out a notice stating that businesses can begin managing their alcohol tax account with the GTC and […]

Washington State Simplifies Tax Filing For Wineries

Washington now allows an optional annual filing of wine tax for wineries whose total sales into Washington are less than 6,000 gallons annually (roughly 2,500 cases). Wineries that exceed the 6,000 gallon limit, however, must continue to file monthly returns. This new allowance comes after the passage of SB 5259, a bill that passed in […]

A New COLA Form for Faster Reviews

In 2011, over 146,000 alcoholic beverage label applications were submitted to the Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), an almost 10% increase from the prior year. Yet, while the amount of label applications goes up, the resources available to the TTB for processing these applications goes down due to […]

The Old ‘Wine’ State: Maryland to Open to Direct Wine Shipments

After years of repeated attempts to open the state to wine shipping, Maryland wine lovers will soon be able to have wine shipped directly to their doors. Signed by the Governor today, the new law makes Maryland the second state this year — after New Mexico — to pass new direct wine shipping permit legislation. […]

Son of 5034: C.A.R.E. Act Re-Introduced as HR 1161

If you have been following the debate over the CARE (Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness) Act for the last nine months, it should be no surprise that the bill was re-introduced in the US House of Representatives last week. Proponents of the bill, including the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers […]

The Meaning of Silence

Last Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined review of the 2010 Court of Appeals decision in Wine Country Gift Baskets.com v. Steen, a Texas case refusing to apply Granholm’s antidiscrimination principle to wine sales by out-of-state non-producing retailers. (Previous blog posts have referred to the case as the Texas Siesta Village suit, using its original […]

Glimmer of Hope in Challenging On-Site Requirements

On December 17th, the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) rendered its decision in Freeman v. Corzine (formerly known as Freeman v. Fischer and Freeman v. Governor of New Jersey). The case applies Granholm to several aspects of New Jersey law, which banned direct shipment by all wineries, […]

Siesta's Over

On January 26th, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ended the puzzling status of interstate retailing in Texas created by the lower court’s decision in Siesta Village Market. The district court had ruled that out-of-state retailers had a Commerce Clause right to sell wine to Texas consumers, but only wine that had been purchased from […]

Virginia ABC Offers Interim Solutions for Wineries Shipping Through Third Party Service Providers

On November 19, Terri Beirne, Wine Institute’s Eastern Counsel, met with the Virginia ABC Board, their Director, and representatives of Wine America and the Virginia wineries to continue discussions about the July Circular Letter 09-05 prohibiting direct shippers from using any third party service providers. Despite earlier indications, the Board has no plans to issue […]

Kansas permit applications available, Tennessee coming soon…

Late yesterday the Kansas ABC posted their applications for direct shipping on their website.  Wine producers across the country can now apply for permission to direct ship wine to Kansas consumers effective July 1, 2009. Kansas SB 212 was signed into law by Governor Kathleen Sebelius on April 10. Wineries interested in avoiding the hassle […]

Tennessee keeps the ball rolling on direct shipping

Governor Phil Bredesen signed Senate Bill 166 into law today. With the passage of the bill, Tennessee will legally open its doors to winery direct shipping on July 1, 2009. Tennessee prohibited direct shipments from out-of-state wineries long before the landmark Granholm case. Even onsite shipments of wine were disallowed when the Attorney General issued […]

Labeling Sotomayor

Although I don’t believe anyone has found a beverage law opinion by Judge Sonia Sotomayor, there’s a good deal of blog traffic related to the fact she did not dissent from Circuit Judge Wesley’s opinion in Swedenburg v. Kelly, a Second Circuit decision famously reversed by the Supreme Court in Granholm v. Heald. As Justice […]

Wine Freedom in the South? Tennessee Direct Shipping Bill Passes the Senate

Tennessee, one of 13 states that still bans direct-to-consumer shipping, took steps towards ending that association on April 13, 2009 when the Senate-approved Senate Bill 166, which allows direct shipments of wine. Currently, anyone who transports wine into Tennessee by bypassing the three-tier system is committing a felony (see Section 57-3-401.b of the Tennessee Code) […]

Tennessee’s AG Rules Consumers May Not Bring Wine into Tennessee, Federal On-Site Provision No Longer Applies

On February 24th, 2009, Tennessee’s Attorney General issued Opinion No. 09-15, which concluded that consumers may not legally carry any amount of wine on their person into Tennessee. This ruling, prohibiting consumers from carrying wine into Tennessee, means that the federal on-site provision does not apply to consumers in Tennessee. Wineries are therefore prohibited from […]

Up and Running (So Far)

Happily for the plaintiffs, Judge Zobel’s final judgment in Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins took the path that seemed most likely from the tone and content of her memorandum and order of 19 November 2008 and leveled up. The judgment entered 18 December 2008 orders the state “to permit wineries of all sizes to […]

Utah Allows Shipment of Wine? Well, Not Exactly

In one of the most regulated and restricted states in the US, residents may now special-order alcohol online. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) announced that Utah residents may use an online Special Order Form to purchase alcohol that is otherwise unavailable in the State’s liquor stores. The alcohol would then be shipped […]

Family Winemakers Court Win is Big for the Industry

On November 19th, 2008, Judge Rya W. Zobel, in the case of Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins, allowed the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, concluding that Massachusetts General Laws chapter 138, section 19F: … has a discriminatory effect on interstate commerce because as a practical matter it prevents the direct shipment of 98% of […]

DHL to Cease Wine Shipments Nov 3rd

Steve Bachmann at The Wine Collector is reporting that DHL has notified its customers that it will cease wine shipments effective November 3rd. DHL has struggled to gain a foothold in the interstate wine shipping market, where FedEx and UPS dominate. If you have received the notification letter from DHL, we’d love to see a […]

Indiana Still Standing on Their Face

On September 11th, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeal said that they will not rehear an appeal concerning the original opinion of the Court in Indiana. The denial to rehear the case confirms that currently it is legally within the power of the State of Indiana to require wineries to ship wine to Indiana consumers […]

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When we make a post here on the ShipCompliant blog, we take the time to really understand an issue, research the facts involved, and make a substantive post that adds value to the issue that we are discussing. However, the ShipCompliant research team hears news and information from many different sources every day that may […]

The Poster Prohibited State Slackens Slightly

Last Friday, Wine and Spirits Daily reported that Utah’s grip on liquor has let up, at least a little bit. The recent rule change applies only to Utah brewers and distilleries but this could potentially be good news for everyone in the alcohol industry. The new ruling allows Utah residents to purchase onsite orders from […]

News from Kentucky

The headline said, “State drops out of wine suit: Small operators can ship directly,” but the reported change in direct shipment rights occurred in December of last year. What’s new is that the state has abandoned its appeal, leaving the wholesaler trade association to continue alone in attempting to persuade the Court of Appeals to […]

TSA Prohibits Carry-On Liquids (including wine)

In light of recent disrupted terrorist plots to detonate liquid explosives in commercial airlines, the Transportation Security Administration is implementing the following security procedures effective immediately: NO LIQUIDS OR GELS OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED IN CARRY-ON BAGGAGE. ITEMS MUST BE IN CHECKED BAGGAGE. This includes all beverages, shampoo, suntan lotion, creams, tooth paste, […]

Granholm v. Heald

On May 16th, 2005, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark decision in the case of Granholm, Governor of Michigan, Et Al, v. Heald Et. Al.. We will discuss this case at length in this blog, but let’s start with the basics. You can see the official Supreme Court decision here, but […]