December 5 was the 86th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day the 21st Amendment was enacted, restoring the legal market for producing and selling alcohol in the United States. While the many decades between then and now have been very fruitful for producers, distributors, and retailers of alcohol and the satisfied consumers they serve, the […]
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BevAlc Roundup | Time Running Out to Extend Reduced Federal Excise Taxes, Beer Shipments Fall to Decade Low in 2019, and Is Molasses the Secret to Good Rum
BevAlc Roundup | Federal Alcohol Tax Reform Gains Support, Divergence in Oregon Wine Country, and How to Improve Holiday Shipping
The fires that threatened Sonoma County two weeks ago have thankfully been quelled; but that was not before numerous homes and buildings were destroyed, for which we at ShipCompliant extend our deepest sympathies. For everyone, though, the holiday shopping season is still fast approaching. This brings increased online sales and potential delays in shipping across […]
BevAlc Roundup | Fire Comes to Wine Country; Day of Action on CBMTRA; Terroir for Spirits
Despite weeks of rolling blackouts, fire has come again to California wine country. The Kincade fire has so far burned many thousands of acres, dozens of houses, and several historical buildings at some of the largest wineries in the region. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have suffered losses, and fervently hope for […]
BevAlc Roundup | Follow-up on Texas Audits of DtC Shippers, 2019 to be a “Perfect” Vintage, and Better Yeast Makes Better Alcohol
This last week brought some unique challenges to businesses and residents of California, with the major electricity company, PG&E, shutting down services over several days. While seeking to avoid the devastating wildfires of past years is certainly a desirable end, the power outages bring their own problems, including complicating one of the busiest tourist seasons […]
Texas Audits Get Real: What DtC Wine Shippers Are Facing
Back in August, we reported that Texas was planning to audit Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper permit holders starting in September. This plan represents one of the biggest efforts ever by state regulators to audit the direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping market within their borders. Now that we are a month into the auditing period, we have […]
7 FY19 Statistics that Show Where the Beverage Alcohol Industry is Headed
ShipCompliant by Sovos recently closed the books on our fiscal year, and we’re looking back on the accomplishments of our clients, partners and industry. Since we entered the market, ShipCompliant by Sovos has helped customers pay more than half a billion dollars in tax to states through 1.8 million sales and excise tax reports. Now, […]
BevAlc Roundup | New York Goes “PRO,” Successfully Managing DtC Sales Over the Holidays, and Winemaking in a Dry Climate
Fall has officially set in here in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning that it’s also officially the busy (well, busier) season for the beverage alcohol industry. While harvests are winding to a close, that just means hectic weeks and months of processing grapes, hops, and other agricultural products lie ahead. And the holiday shopping season is […]
BevAlc Roundup | The Problem With Wine Tariffs, White Claw’s Very Good Summer, and How to Import Alcohol
With September now halfway over (!), we are rapidly moving through the harvest and into the busy holiday shopping season. This can be an extremely hectic time of year, with lots going on, and so we hope you can relax for a little bit and enjoy our Roundup. This week, we look at Florida, which […]
BevAlc Roundup | Texas to Audit DtC Wine Shippers, Climate Change and Wine, and Making Whisky in a Day
This week in the roundup, support to make permanent reduced federal tax rates for alcohol producers gains support in the Senate, Gallup finds wine and liquor tied in popularity behind beer, and new devices can better predict wine grapes are ripe for picking. In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report is […]
BevAlc Roundup | Whither DtC Shipping of Alcohol, Wine and Climate Change, and Revamping Nonalcoholic Beer
BevAlc Roundup sharing regulatory news and industry updates.
BevAlc Roundup | California to Increase Licensing Fees, Wine Economic Trends, and Improve Your Wine Descriptions
Now that it’s the middle of July, we can definitively say—it is hot out! Seemingly everywhere in the U.S. has been reporting record temperatures with little respite when the sun goes down. Wherever you are—whether out tending to grapevines or in an office—we hope you’re staying cool and well hydrated. (I think we can all […]
TTB Announces Real and Potential Regulatory Relief
During a week when most of us were busy with hot dogs and fireworks, the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued two announcements that could prove to bring real benefit to the beverage alcohol industry. Removal of Standard of Fill First, on July 1, the TTB issued a press release announcing a deregulatory proposal that […]
TTB Eases Rules for Making Changes to COLA Applications
The federal Trade and Tax Bureau (TTB) recently announced that it will enable a new “Conditionally Approved” status for Certifications of Label Approval (COLA) that will enable a simplified process for suppliers to correct applications with typos, a move that should bring welcome relief to all US beverage alcohol suppliers. Previously, any error in a […]
BevAlc Roundup | Industry Urges Permanent Tax Relief, American Single Malt Definition, and We Still Drink What the Romans Did
With only a couple weeks left in the Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term left, and still no ruling in the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Ass’n v. Thomas case, a lot of anxious attention is being paid by the beverage alcohol industry. A decision in this case, immediately about residency requirements for liquor retailers but more […]
ICYMI: ShipCompliant by Sovos Wine Summit 2019
More than 300 customers, partners and industry luminaries joined us at this year’s ShipCompliant by Sovos annual Wine Summit in Napa. If you were there, you know it featured a rich exchange of ideas about how wineries can manage compliance and improve customer experience in the digital age. And if you missed it, here’s a […]
BevAlc Roundup | Where DtC Shipping of Wine Is Still Not Allowed, the NFL Eases Advertising Restrictions, and American Single Malt
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 […]
BevAlc Roundup | California Revamps Sales Tax Rules, What’s Impacting the DtC Market, and Is Climate Change Affecting How Wine Tastes?
We are now a little over a week away from our 2019 ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Wine Summit. This annual event, previously known as the DIRECT conference, is one of the highlights of the year for us at ShipCompliant by Sovos, as we are able to connect directly with our users on what is happening […]
Roundup: Oklahoma Distribution, Black Wine Consumers, Climate Change
Oklahoma Distribution Laws Get Contentious, Why Doesn’t The Wine Industry Pursue Black Consumers?, and Climate Change and Wine During this last couple weeks, there came and went the dubious — or at least psuedo — holiday of 4/20, a day based around consuming cannabis (thankfully, alcohol still has almost every other holiday claimed for its […]
BevAlc Roundup | TTB Labeling Comments Period Extended, Record California Grape Crush in 2018, and Be Your AVA’s Champion!
Last week saw the publication of a number of industry and agricultural reports from 2018, including global grape production, California wine crush, and craft beer sales, and we’re happy to say that more-or-less everything looks positive. Even the lower-than-in-the-past growth numbers for craft beer are a sign of continued success, especially when considered against other […]
BevAlc Roundup | Handling Prop 65 Notices, the Fastest Growing Breweries, and What Makes it “Tennessee” Whiskey?
It might seem like a joke, but it’s April already! No matter how much it may feel like 2019 is zipping past, though, we still appreciate taking the time to look around and catch up on everything that’s going on to affect the beverage alcohol industry. For that, we provide the Roundup. This week we […]
BevAlc Roundup | TTB Continues Consignment Sales Investigations, Wine Exports Drop in Last Year, and How to Beat Counterfeit Wines
In the last Roundup, we predicted that the cold winter weather was finally on its way out — and then large parts of the country were hit by intense snow storms! We’ll chalk that up to a coincidence this time, and continue to extend our hopes for a warm, pleasant and imminent spring. Though as […]
BevAlc Roundup | Oregon Set To Impose Wine Labeling Rules, Announcing FedEx’s Hold-at-Locations Services for Wine Shipments, and Whiskey Bottles Don’t Need Corks
This week we look at a bill to expand direct-to-consumer shipping of wine in Kentucky and how the state’s bourbon industry feels left out, the Silicon Valley Bank’s annual direct to consumer survey is open — something we recommend everyone to respond to — and scientists say that today’s beer might be tomorrow’s cannabis products.
BevAlc Roundup | Craft Beverage and Modernization Act Part Deux, the Oregon Wine Symposium is a Success, and Zinfandel’s Curious History
For the Roundup this week we look at the slate of beverage alcohol bills before the California legislature in 2019, the DtC Report confirms Nielsen data showing strong growth in Oregon wines, and what the new face of whiskey drinkers is and why it’s a welcome change. In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 DtC […]
The TTB Wants You – To Comment on Labeling and Advertising Rules
The end of 2018 proved to be a moment of flurious activity in the Trade and Tax Bureau (TTB). Last year, after the passage of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, the agency had to spend the holiday season tearing through the major tax overhaul, striving to implement rule changes that were set […]
BevAlc Roundup | Agencies Extend Trade Practice Enforcement, How Could a Great 2018 Harvest Affect Prices Ahead, and What’s in a Bubbly Wine?
As 2018 comes to a close, we at ShipCompliant by Sovos want to extend our deepest appreciation to all our clients, partners, and regular readers. We know it is such a privilege for us to be able to work in this industry and interact with so many fantastic people. We have very high hopes for […]
BevAlc Roundup | TTB Crackdown on Consignment Sales, Whither American Whiskey, and the Six Types of American Wine Drinkers
The holiday season can so often end up filled with chaos and stress that it distracts from the reasons we value this time of year — as a chance to reflect on those we love and care about and everything that brings us joy. And so, as we prepare for a period of busy sales […]
TTB Issues Circular Regarding Trade Practice Guidelines
One of the biggest news stories in the beverage alcohol industry over the last year or two has been the intensified enforcement of trade practice violations by the federal Trade and Tax Bureau (TTB). An industry circular posted by the TTB on Friday, November 8, 2018 points to the agency’s current engagement with this trend […]
What’s in a Label? Webinar Recap
It is hardly a revelation to say that brand labels are incredibly important in the sale of beverage alcohol. After all, in an industry with a seemingly endless supply of new SKUs, having a great label is one of the best ways to identify your products and stand out from the crowd. But when it comes […]
BevAlc Roundup | Tariffs on whiskey come into effect, big beer loses market share, and why you should cheers the 4th with a glass of Madeira.
We all hope you enjoyed a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday last week! These hot summer days are typically a quieter time, but this week’s Roundup is rather busy, looking at the ill-effects a hotting up trade war will have on the beverage alcohol industry, why now is the best time to revamp […]
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 […]