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July 21, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes a large trade practice investigation conducted jointly by TTB and the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco in Miami, Florida, administrative approval for the use of the Golubok grape variety name on American wine labels, and a request for comments on a number of TTB forms and other information collections.

TTB AND FLORIDA AUTHORITIES CONDUCT JOINT TRADE PRACTICE INVESTIGATIONS

Miami, Florida — This week, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) conducted a joint operation with Special Agents from the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT), Miami District Office, targeting alleged "pay to play" schemes in the greater Miami area.  This is the largest trade practice enforcement operation that TTB has initiated to date.

"Pay to play," also known as "slotting fees," is an unlawful trade practice that hurts law-abiding industry members and limits consumer choice.

TTB takes its responsibility to actively enforce a level playing field very seriously and appreciates this opportunity to work together with our law enforcement partners in Florida to ensure that existing industry members and smaller businesses just entering the marketplace can compete based on customer service and  consumer preference rather than on their ability to buy shelf space.

For more information regarding unlawful trade practices, please visit our Trade Practices Laws and Regulations page.

Report potential trade practice violations to TTB at tradepractices@ttb.gov.

GOLUBOK GRAPE VARIETY APPROVED FOR DESIGNATING AMERICAN WINE

We recently granted administrative approval for the use of the Golubok grape variety name on American wine labels.  Wine bottlers may use this name, as well as others granted administrative approval, to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking to revise the list found in 27 CFR 4.91 of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines.

Visit our American Grape Variety Names page at TTB.gov for additional information about the regulation of grape variety names.

PROPOSED INFORMATION COLLECTIONS; COMMENT REQUEST (NO. 65)

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we published in the Federal Register a notice requesting public comments on nine existing TTB information collections (forms and recordkeeping requirements).

These information collections are:

  • Drawback on Beer Exported (TTB F 5130.6, OMB Control No. 1513–0017);
  • Inventory—Manufacturer of Tobacco Products or Processed Tobacco (TTB F 5210.9, OMB Control No. 1513–0032);
  • Schedule of Tobacco Products, Cigarette Papers, or Cigarette Tubes Withdrawn from the Market (TTB F 5200.7, OMB Control No. 1513–0034);
  • Tax Deferral Bonds—Distilled Spirits (Puerto Rico) (TTB F 5110.50, OMB Control No. 1513–0050);
  • Usual and Customary Business Records Relating to Denatured Spirits (TTB REC 5150/1, OMB Control No. 1513–0062);
  • Tobacco Products Manufacturers—Supporting Records for Removals for Use of the United States (TTB REC 5210/6, OMB Control No. 1513–0069);
  • Marks and Notices on Packages of Tobacco Products (TTB REC 5210/13, OMB Control No. 1513–0101);
  • Usual and Customary Business Records Related to Wine (TTB REC 5120/1, OMB Control No. 1513–0115); and
  • Labeling of Major Food Allergens and Petitions for Exemption (OMB Control No. 1513–0121).  
To view the July 13, 2017 notice, all related supporting documents, and any comments received in response to this notice, go to Docket No. TTB–2017–0003 at Regulations.gov. To submit a comment electronically, use the Regulations.gov comment form for this notice. To submit comments by postal mail or hand delivery, see the instructions in the notice.  Comments are due by September 11, 2017.

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