Weekly Digest | Heineken Compromises with TTB, Wine Institute Moves, MO Ban Upheld, KS 3.2 Beer, OK Law Changes

April 8, 2019

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.

Heineken USA to Pay Record $2.5 Million Fine to Settle Trade Practice Violations

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.

The Wine Institute is leaving San Francisco for Sacramento

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.

Sarasota Wine Market Case Out, Missouri Wine Shipping Ban Upheld by Federal District Court

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.

Kansas Says Goodbye To 3.2 Beer, A Holdover From The Days Of Prohibition

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.

Change in Alcohol Law Sought as Tulsa Liquor Distributor Estimates $100M Loss Because of One Little Word

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.

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