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My Very Speculative Crystal Ball for 2016

  Everyone is always trying to guess the next trend in the markets, and what the next new wave will be.  The market is changing so rapidly, predicting the trend is 25% industry insight, 25% market trends, and 50% luck.  So here I shake my crystal ball, and see what

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The Wine Industry

Getting Started in the Wine Industry Before even beginning operations in the production or sale of wine products, a business owner must first decide on what type of wine activity that the new business will engage in.  Doing this will not only determine the specific application procedure needed to be

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TTB Review

What is the TTB? The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, also known for short as the TTB, is the department of the Federal Government that regulates Federal permitting, labeling of, and marketing of alcohol and tobacco in order to protect consumers. Are you thinking about getting started in

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TTB to Continue Enforcement Actions:

TTB has been in the headlines recently stemming from a Northern California wine cellar operator’s failure to pay excise taxes.  On September 16 of this year, owner and operator of Monterey Wine Services, Brenda Jo Kibbee, received a sentence of nine month’s imprisonment for “intentionally failing to pay Federal excise

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TTB Formula Approval – Recent Changes, Part 2

A few weeks ago, we posted a blog focusing on recent changes to TTB’s formula approval process. These changes were designed to streamline the formula approval process for brewers. While Part 1 of the blog outlined changes relating to ingredients used in production, Part 2 will focus on TTB’s changes

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TTB Formula Approval – Recent changes

Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of Beer Not Subject to Formula Requirements – TTB Ruling Number 2014-4 Interpreted This is the first of a series of blogs interpreting the TTB’s efforts to streamline the formula process for breweries.  This blog will focus on TTB’s adjustments to the formula

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COLA’s – The calendar and the courtroom

One of the issues we’re seeing more people have frustrations with is the time and detail involved with Certificates of Label Approval (COLAs).  With these COLA’s the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is finding itself caught in a very sticky situation. On one hand their funding is

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Pick a Trail to Wineries Unlimited!

A wonderful way wineries have helped promote the industry is to establish wine trails. As participants head to Richmond, Virginia for the Wineries Unlimited Tradeshow and Conference, it seemed only appropriate to share some information about the paths they may have taken to get there. Though some states haven’t created

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A Reflection of Economic Stimulus of Northeastern Wineries

As attendees head to the Eastern Winery Exposition in Lancaster, Pennsylvania next week, we want to say thank you to all the winery owners in states represented by industry organizations supporting the show! As the show’s website indicates, this is an Eastern-focused wine industry trade show and conference. This new

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Sustainability in Production – An Eye on Craft Beer

Craft beer is experiencing enormous growth in the American marketplace despite the downturn in the economy. Nationwide, there is a movement to support local businesses.  The craft beer industry has benefited from this movement.  Craft beers are considered to be beers that contain more complex flavors, such as stronger doses

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