Alcohol Beverage Labeling: Statements Related to Calorie and Nutrient Content, Serving Facts, Alcohol Facts, and Sugar Content
TTB regulations do not require nutrient content labeling for alcohol beverages. TTB allows truthful, accurate and specific calorie or carbohydrate statements on labels, but considers such statements to be misleading unless they include a statement that lists the number of calories and the number of grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat contained in the product based on a single serving. TTB guidance documents provide two different formats for such statements: a “statement of average analysis” and a “Serving Facts statement.” Please note that the serving size may differ depending on the format used for your statement.
TTB has also provided guidance about “Alcohol Facts” statements, which convey per-serving alcohol content information without nutrient content statements.
See the links set forth below for the relevant TTB guidance on how industry members may include labeling statements relating to calorie, carbohydrate, protein, and fat content (including statements of average analysis and Serving Facts statements), as well as sugar content statements and Alcohol Facts statements.
Caloric and Carbohydrate Representations
- TTB Ruling 2004-1 Caloric and Carbohydrate Representations in the Labeling and Advertising of Wine, Distilled Spirits and Malt Beverages.
Serving Facts Statements
- TTB Ruling 2013-2 Voluntary Nutrient Content Statements in the Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages.
Alcohol Facts Statements
Sugar Content Statements
Testing Calorie, Fat, Carbohydrate, and Protein Content
- Alcohol Fact Labeling Methods - Methods Used to Validate Calorie, Fat, Carbohydrate, and Protein Content Statements on Alcohol Beverage Labels and Advertisements
- TTB Procedure 2004-1 - Testing of calorie, fat, carbohydrate, and protein content of alcohol beverages; Acceptable tolerance levels
TTB G 2019-13
Page last reviewed: September 26, 2019
Page last updated: September 26, 2019
Maintained by: Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division