Weekly Digest | Heineken Compromises with TTB, Wine Institute Moves, MO Ban Upheld, KS 3.2 Beer, OK Law Changes
April 8, 2019
By Melani Meister, Sales Manager
In this week’s digest, Heineken pays TTB the largest compromise ever and Wine Institute makes a move. The court upholds the Missouri shipping ban and Kansas becomes one of the last states to remove the 3.2 rule. And lastly, Oklahoma makes some big changes to their laws with one little word.
Last week the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced that they accepted $2.5 million from Heineken USA as a compromise for alleged trade practice violations of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act. This is the largest offer in compromise that TTB has ever accepted.
Wine Institute has spent 85 years in San Francisco and is now moving to Sacramento. With this move, Wine Institute can be in closer proximity to the lawmakers that it works closely with while saving the organization money.
In an expected decision by the Eastern District of Missouri, they dismissed a challenge to the state’s ban on out-of-state wine retailers shipping to in-state customers. Sarasota Wine is the first case where a court held that Southern Wine’s precedent allows for a wine shipping ban and that Grandholm is limited solely to producers.
Last week Kansas grocery and convenience stores made 3.2 beer a thing of the past. On April 1st, Kansas became one of the last states to do away with the depression era alcohol rule and raise the limit to 6 percent. Learn the history of how this law came to be.
In reforming the state’s alcohol laws, Oklahoma lifted a ban on out-of-state ownership and replaced the word “shall” with “may.” Legally, the words “shall” and “may” are the difference between wine and spirit makers being obligated to do business with every distributor in the state or having the choice.