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September 28, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week’s top news includes updated guidance for the wine industry on filing returns and reports annually, and reminders about changes you can make to previously approved alcohol beverage labels that don’t require you to get a new COLA.

UPDATED GUIDANCE AVAILABLE FOR WINE INDUSTRY ON ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO FILE RETURNS AND REPORTS ANNUALLY

Proprietors of bonded wineries and bonded wine cellars who meet certain eligibility requirements may file the Excise Tax Return and the Report of Wine Premises Operations annually.

This guidance incorporates and updates the information previously provided in TTB Guidance 2015-1, by incorporating the versions of the operational report that should be used for activities conducted in calendar years 2018 and 2019.

For full details see Eligibility Requirements to file Excise Tax Returns and Wine Operations Reports Annually

MAKING CHANGES TO APPROVED ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LABELS

Changes that Don’t Require a New COLA

Once your label receives TTB approval, you are allowed to change certain items on that label without obtaining a new COLA (TTB Form 5100.31 - Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval).  Examples include:

  • Changing the net contents statement
  • Deleting non-mandatory label information
  • Adding, changing, or deleting bottle deposit information

See the full list of allowable revisions for details.

Any revisions you make to your approved labels must be in compliance with the applicable regulations in 27 CFR parts 4, 5, 7 and 16, and any other applicable provision of law or regulation, including the conditions described in the "Comments" section of the chart of allowable revisions.

Changes that Always Require a New COLA

You must get a new COLA when changing:

  • the class or type statement (product designation)
  • the brand name
  • the appellation of origin (wine only)
  • the state appearing in the mandatory address statement*
  • the actual bottler or importer

You must get a new COLA when changing or adding:

  • graphics/pictures/representations (except as specifically authorized, for example, holiday themed graphics)
  • wording/phrases/text/certifications (except as specifically authorized, for example, serving instructions)

If you are considering making changes to previously approved labels, please review the complete list of allowable revisions before you submit a COLA application—you may not need to send us the revised labels at all!

* The new state must be reflected on the industry member’s basic permit, brewer’s notice, or other qualifying documents.

 

 

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