Weekly Digest | The Fight for 250 ML Wine Cans, OK Distribution Changes, TTB Appoints Acting Administrator, Control State Myths, Bipartisan Support of CBMTRA
June 6, 2019
By Melani Meister, Sales Manager
In this week’s digest, support is gathered for the 250 ml packaging size for canned wine and Oklahoma Senate Bill 608 forces top manufacturers to make their products available to all distributors. TTB appointed new positions for their staff after the tragic passing of John Manfreda and urban legends surrounding the “Control States” are debunked. Lastly, bipartisan support grows for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.
Wine in a can has been a hot topic lately. Hinman and Snider are asking their readers to submit comments to TTB to urge adoption of the 250 ml packaging size. Current regulations require 250 ml cans to be sold in two or four packs which encourages excessive consumption, generates packaging obstacles, and creates confusion at venues.
On August 29th, 2019, the top 25 wine and spirit brands must make their products available to all licensed Oklahoma distributors. Proponents of Senate Bill 608 claim that it evens the playing field but opponents insist that the legislation goes against a voter-approved constitutional amendment that gives manufacturers the right to choose distributors.
Following the tragic passing of John Manfreda, the TTB names Mary Ryan the acting TTB Administrator. Ryan has been with the TTB since 2010, serving as Deputy Administrator and leading many vital TTB initiatives. Daniel Riordan is now serving as the Acting Deputy Administrator in addition to his role as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Headquarters Operations.
There are several urban legends surrounding “Control States,“ such as they are difficult to enter, they offer less exposure, and they often favor large suppliers. Distillery Trail breaks down and debunks each of these myths, hoping to reveal existing opportunities for growth in these markets.
Momentum for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act continues to build as bipartisan support grows within the US House of Representatives and the Senate. Making the legislation permanent would provide stability for businesses and allow them to invest back in their communities by creating more jobs and supporting local agriculture and tourism.