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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

January 17, 2020


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes information about our trade practices video series, the updated list of chemists certified to perform export analyses, and two recent OICs accepted following trade practice investigations.

TRADE PRACTICES VIDEO SERIES

As part of our ongoing effort to provide on-demand educational information, we've created a TTB Trade Practices video series for the alcohol beverage industry that explains the history leading up to the trade practice rules, defines the related terms, and walks through the four prohibited trade practices.

Trade Practice Videos

View these videos to gain a better understanding of the federal trade practice rules that apply to the alcohol beverage industry.

For more information, visit our TTB Trade Practices page.

CHEMIST CERTIFICATION LIST UPDATED

The Scientific Services Division issued 72 certifications to chemists and enologists during the 2019 fall cycle of the Chemist Certification Program for the exportation of wines, spirits, and beers to foreign markets.

Many countries require that a report of analysis from a TTB-certified chemist accompany the export shipment as a condition of entry. Under the program, which facilitates U.S. exports, TTB certifies chemists and enologists to perform specific analyses of alcohol beverage products for export purposes.

Currently, there are 296 certified chemists/enologists at 128 laboratories.

View the lists of Certified Chemists and Qualified Laboratories.

OICS ACCEPTED FOR ALLEGED TRADE PRACTICE VIOLATIONS

TTB has accepted a $350,000 offer in compromise from Stern Beverage, Inc. for allegedly violating the exclusive outlet and tied house trade practice provisions of the FAA Act by requiring a retailer to purchase their products to the exclusion of their competitors and by providing things of value to retailers in exchange for placement of its products.

We have also accepted a $450,000 offer in compromise from Carisam for alleged tied-house violations including providing free installations of Heineken “BrewLock” Draft Beer Systems and for making payments to cruise lines on behalf of manufacturers to secure product placement.

You can see these and other offers in compromise on our Administrative Actions page.

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