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November 24, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes new grape varieties approved for use on American wine labels, a new version of the beer/malt beverage part of our tool for determining if your product requires formula approval, and more coming attractions for Permits Online

SIX NEW GRAPE VARIETIES APPROVED FOR DESIGNATING AMERICAN WINE

We recently granted administrative approval for the use of six new grape variety names on American wine labels.

  • Sauvignon Kretos
  • Merlot Kanthus
  • Fleurtai
  • Sauvignon Rytos
  • Cabernet Volos
  • Soreli

Wine bottlers may use these names, 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.

NEW VERSION OF TOOL FOR DETERMINING WHICH BEERS/MALT BEVERAGES REQUIRE TTB FORMULA APPROVAL

We recently revised the beer/malt beverage part of our popular tool that helps you figure out which products require formula approval or formula with laboratory sample analysis.

The tool walks you through a series of questions about your product, including questions about the ingredients and processes used to make it.  Based on how you answer the questions you'll find information about whether or not the product requires a formula or formula approval with lab analysis, as well as information about what class/type to pick when you apply for formula approval using Formulas Online.

If you don't want to use the tool, you also have the option to view our updated charts of which beers/malt beverages require formula approval.

Over the coming months we'll be revising the tool for wines and distilled spirits, too. This is all part of our continuing efforts to improve and increase the guidance available on TTB.gov for alcohol beverage formula approval.

Launch the update beer/malt beverage formula approval tool.

PERMITS ONLINE IMPROVEMENTS ARE COMING SOON!

It's been a few years in the making, but we are excited about the improvements we're making to Permits Online!

Two of the biggest concerns we heard from industry members in the past are that if you hold multiple permits, Permits Online doesn't work well because you have to file an amended application for each permit when company information changes, such as a new officer, power of attorney, or trade name. The second biggest concern is that you are only allowed to file one amendment at a time.

Once the new version of Permits Online launches later this year, both of those issues will go away.

Entity Records and Commodity Operations Records

Information in Permits Online will be organized in two different kinds of records. The entity record equates to a single company or business entity, represented by a unique Employer Identification Number (EIN). A commodity operations record is created for each TTB-regulated operation or permit, registration, or notice the entity is approved for.

Amend the Entity Record Instead of Amending Each Permit

Because we're restructuring the records, if your company holds multiple permits under the same EIN and you need to report a change to the business entity, you'll be able to file just one entity amendment application. When approved, those changes are automatically associated with all corresponding permits held by that entity.

Amend the Entity Record Instead of Amending Each Permit

Submitting Multiple Amendments at One Time

You'll no longer be limited to filing one amendment at a time.  You'll be able to report multiple changes with a single amendment application, and most amendments for trade names and change of mailing address will be approved instantly!

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