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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News

April 22, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a budding and buzzing week! This week's top stories include announcements that we are looking for volunteers for our next phase of improvements to Formulas Online, the establishment of the “Lewis–Clark Valley” American viticultural area (AVA) and the modification of the Columbia Valley AVA, information about how to estimate how long TTB may take to process your applications, and a list of the past week's top alcohol beverage formulation pages at TTB.gov.

WANT TO HELP US MAKE FORMULAS ONLINE EASIER TO USE?

Formulas OnlineWe got some great feedback from several of you in the fall, and we’ve been using it to guide our improvement plans for the summer release of Formulas Online.  Now we’re looking for a few people willing to help us test our new design ideas.  Here are the details:

  • Who: We’re looking for people who have submitted or soon plan to submit a malt beverage, wine, or distilled spirit formula for approval using Formulas Online.   
  • What: You will be asked to do some tasks using a prototype of our new design and answer some questions.
  • Where: You will be at your own computer, sharing your screen and speaking on the phone with a researcher during a one-on-one, 1-hour research session.
  • When: Sessions will take place mid-May.
  • Confidentiality: Data we collect will not be shared outside TTB, and will be kept confidential. 

Interested in volunteering?  If so, please email us at ttbusability@ttb.gov and tell us:

  • The best phone number to contact you during the day
  • The approximate number of formulas you have submitted using Formulas Online
  • Your commodity(ies) (malt beverages, wine, distilled spirits)
  • The source(s) of your products (domestically produced or imported)

We will call those expressing interest and ask you some additional questions to determine study eligibility.  We are looking for a limited number of people, so please contact us early! 

TTB ESTABLISHES LEWIS–CLARK VITICULTURAL AREA AND REALIGNS THE COLUMBIA VALLEY VITICULTURAL AREA

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, we published a final rule in Federal Register establishing the “Lewis–Clark Valley” American viticultural area (27 CFR 9.256), in portions of Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater, and Latah Counties in Idaho and Asotin, Garfield, and Whitman Counties in Washington.  This final rule also modified the boundary of the existing Columbia Valley viticultural area (27 CFR 9.74) to eliminate a partial overlap with the new Lewis–Clark Valley viticultural area.  As a result of this boundary modification, the Lewis–Clark viticultural area is not within nor does it contain or overlap any other viticultural area.

We issued this regulation in response to a petition submitted on behalf of the Palouse–Lewis Clark Valley Wine Alliance and the Clearwater Economic Development Association.  We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

This final rule will be effective on May 20, 2016.  See Docket No. TTB–2015–0005 on the “Regulations.gov” website for all documents and public comments related to this rulemaking.

Read the press release.

TTB ONLINE PROCESSING TIMES

You have applied for a permit, certificate of label approval, or formula approval from TTB. Now how long will it take to process your application?

Our Current Processing Times charts show up-to-date processing information for applications by calendar days. Use this information to estimate when your application is likely to be processed. You can always check the status of your application at any time by logging into your account if you applied online.

Find out more at our TTB Application Processing Times page at TTB.gov.


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