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November 26, 2013


Greetings! We hope you have a thankful and gastronomic week! Due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week, we published early, but we'll be back on schedule next week. This week's top stories include TTB hosting the November Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Wine Regulatory Forum and providing technical expertise at the most recent World Wine Trade Group meeting, as well as a list of the past week's most popular resource pages at TTB.gov/.


APEC Meeting

Regulators and industry members from 14 of the 21 APEC countries attended a technical workshop for the Asis-Pacific Economic Cooperation's Wine Regulatory Forum in Washington, D.C, Nov. 4-6, 2013.

TTB, along with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, and U.S. wine industry, hosted a technical workshop for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum from November 4 - 6, in Washington, D.C.

Several TTB employees participated in various moderating and speaking roles during the forum and hosted the group at the National Laboratory Center on November 5. While there, staff members of our Scientific Services Division gave participants an extensive tour of the laboratory, and discussed best practices and other issues related to the testing and examination of alcohol products.

The technical workshop is the first meeting of a five-year, APEC-approved and funded project on good practices in wine regulation, which is jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Wine Institute. APEC wine work is also an opportunity for our bureau to support U.S. jobs and promote exports. In 2012, the United States exported $735 million worth of wine to APEC economies, up 92 percent from 2008.

Read the full story at TTB.gov/: TTB Hosts November APEC Meeting on Wine.


TTB participated in the annual meeting of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) on November 6-8, in Washington, DC. The WWTG is an informal grouping of government and industry representatives from the wine-producing countries of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Georgia, New Zealand, the United States, and South Africa that aims to collaborate on international wine trade issues to minimize trade barriers and facilitate the international trade in wine.

Our work with the WWTG advances our mission to prevent unfair, deceptive, and unlawful market activity as well as to provide consumers with adequate information as to the identity and quality of wine.  This work aligns with the Department of the Treasury's goal to promote international financial stability and balanced global growth while advancing National Export Initiative efforts to open markets overseas and to ensure the fair and transparent treatment for U.S. exports of alcoholic beverages.

Observers from Brazil, India, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Uruguay, and Vietnam also participated.

Read the full story at TTB.gov/:  TTB Provides Technical Expertise at World Wine Trade Group Meeting

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