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June 10, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a sunny and sweet week! This week's top stories include a thank you note to those who have helped us make improvements to Formulas Online, information about which ingredients and processes are exempt from the malt beverage formula requirements, and a list of the past week's top alcohol beverage formulation pages at TTB.gov/.

LATEST FORMULAS ONLINE USABILITY STUDY A SUCCESS – THANKS TO THE VOLUNTEERS

Thanks so much to everyone who volunteered to participate in our May Formulas Online research study – we got some terrific feedback on our new design ideas from a good cross section of producers and importers, and we are now in the process of updating the designs based on what we heard.  You will start seeing the product of this work in our summer release, and we’re excited to share it with you.

For those of you who volunteered but were not selected due to limitations on numbers, we will hang onto your contact information for possible participation in a future study.  Thanks again for everyone’s time and interest in helping us as we continue down the road of making improvements to Formulas Online.

EXEMPT INGREDIENTS AND PROCESSES USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF BEER

In TTB Ruling 2015-1 we exempted from the formula requirements of 27 CFR 25.55 malt beverages made with certain ingredients, such as honey, certain fruits, certain spices, and certain food ingredients, upon a finding that such ingredients are traditionally used in the production of fermented beverages designated as beer, ale, porter, stout, lager, or malt liquor. TTB also has determined that certain processes, such as aging beer in barrels that were previously used in the production or storage of wine or distilled spirits, do not require the filing of a formula.

Attachment 1 of TTB Ruling 2015-1 lists the ingredients exempt from beer and malt beverage formula requirements. If you are making a malt beverage that is exempt from formula approval, then review Examples of Adequate and Inadequate Designations for guidance about appropriate product designations to use on the label.

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