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November 18, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a pleasurable and vibrant week!  This week's top stories include an offer in compromise accepted by TTB for violations of the FAA Act, rulemaking to add to the regulations grape variety names approved for use on American wine, guidance for staying in compliance with TTB requirements, as well as a list of the past week's top advertising pages at TTB.gov/.


TTB ACCEPTS $750,000 FROM CRAFT BEER GUILD, LLC TO SETTLE TRADE PRACTICE VIOLATIONS

TTB has accepted a $750,000 offer in compromise from Craft Beer Guild, LLC for violations of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act.  This is the largest offer in compromise that TTB has recovered from a single industry member for trade practice violations.

Craft Beer Guild, LLC allegedly paid “slotting fees” to retailers in exchange for favorable product placement and shelf space.  This sort of pay to play activity is incompatible with fair competition and will be actively investigated by TTB. 
We are committed to ensuring a level playing field for law-abiding industry members.  If you have evidence of trade practice violations, please contact the TTB Tip Line.

PROPOSED ADDITION OF NEW GRAPE VARIETY NAMES FOR AMERICAN WINES

On November 17, 2016, we published Notice No. 165 in the Federal Register requesting public comments on a proposal to amend our wine labeling regulations by adding a number of new varieties to the list of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines. Most of these varieties have been granted provisional approval.  This rulemaking will determine which varieties are added to the regulations.

TTB regulates grape varietal names to protect consumers from deceptive labeling.  The proposed amendments would provide wine bottlers greater flexibility to use the proposed grape variety names on wine labels and in wine advertisements, and would provide consumers with more information while still protecting them from deception.

You may submit comments on the proposal, and view copies of the proposed rule and any comments TTB receives about it, online at Regulations.gov/ within Docket No. TTB–2016–0011.  A link to that docket is posted at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 165

Please see Notice No. 165 for information on alternative methods for submitting comments.

Comments on this proposal are due by January 17, 2017.

MAINTAINING COMPLIANCE IN A TTB-REGULATED INDUSTRY

Your application has been approved – now what? In order to maintain compliance in a TTB-regulated industry, you may need to meet ongoing requirements, such as filing reports and paying federal excise taxes. We’ve created an online tool to guide you through the TTB requirements for your business operations and the information you need to succeed.

Visit our Responsibilities for Approved Industry Members Web page to learn more.

 

 

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