19 06, 2024

Legislative Update – 6/19/24

2024-06-19T12:40:45-07:00June 19, 2024|

Legislative measures across the nation may impact the craft beverage industry, either positively or negatively. Here are some of the bills the Craft Wine Association is tracking related to direct shipping regulations for craft distillers, wineries, and breweries across key states.

12 06, 2024

Regulatory Capture in the Beverage Alcohol DTC and DTT Markets

2024-06-12T12:15:21-07:00June 12, 2024|

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is dusting off a long-latent rule, the Robinson-Patman Act, to file charges against Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits. This law, intended to level the playing field between small retailers and large chain stores, has been largely dormant for over 20 years. The FTC enforced it regularly until shifting its focus to consumer harm, particularly higher prices, which critics argued could result from enforcement.

8 04, 2024

Craft Wine Association Recruiting Industry Professionals to Serve on New Advisory Council

2024-06-02T21:20:03-07:00April 8, 2024|

The Craft Wine Association (CWA) is recruiting to fill nine seats on its inaugural Advisory Council. The council members will play a significant role in assisting the Association in creating and prioritizing its future policy agenda aimed at supporting small and mid-sized wineries' ability to expand direct-to-consumer sales and direct sales to trade partners.

30 11, 2023

Imported wines are taking over the American Market

2023-11-30T16:42:05-08:00November 30, 2023|

Imports of wine to the United States have reached record highs. According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), in 2022, the USA was the leading global importer of wine by both volume and value. Furthermore, it secured the second spot in bulk wine imports by volume, with an average import price of €0.82 ($0.89) per liter. The primary wine-exporting nations to the USA by volume were Spain, Italy, and France. 

8 11, 2023

CalRecycle to Discuss Expansion of California’s Recycling Program at Craft Wine Association Meeting

2023-11-13T07:45:51-08:00November 8, 2023|

At the next Craft Wine Association meeting on Nov. 15, representatives from CalRecycle will provide an overview of new changes to California's recycling program for producers to better understand how to comply. Starting on January 1, 2024, the program will include wine and distilled spirits in all container materials, including those packaged in a box, bladder or pouch, or similar container.   

17 04, 2023

California to Expand Definition of ‘Beverage’ to Include Wine and Distilled Spirits: Impact on Industry and New Regulations

2023-06-23T12:18:49-07:00April 17, 2023|

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has announced a webinar on May 10, 2023, to discuss the expansion of California's Beverage Container Recycling Program to include wine and distilled spirits. This comes after Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1013 (SB1013, Atkins, Chapter 610, Statutes of 2022) into law on September 27, 2022, effective January 1, 2023.

9 03, 2023

CWA Opposes Illinois Legislation Harmful to Small Wineries

2023-03-09T10:31:29-08:00March 9, 2023|

The Craft Wine Association opposes Illinois House Bill 2399, a proposal that calls for the registration of third-party providers that ship wine to residents of Illinois on behalf of winery shippers. The legislation would create additional costs and complexities to an already complex system and be harmful to the wine industry.

16 06, 2022

U.S. Agency to Outline Program on Wine Exports

2022-12-29T09:51:36-08:00June 16, 2022|

The Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of the U.S., the nation's official export credit agency whose mission is to support American job creation, prosperity, and security through exporting, will give an hour-long presentation on ways for small and medium-sized wineries to reach international markets.   Registration is now open for the June 28 online session hosted by the Craft Wine Association.  There is no charge to attend. 

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