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By McDermott Will & Emery on Nov 9, 2017
Posted In TTB COLAs and Formulas
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently began testing a new version of its Permits Online system. The new interface aims to provide several big improvements for users. Among them: Currently certain types of amendments must be filed individually, forcing industry members to wait for approval of their first amendment to submit their...
By McDermott Will & Emery on Apr 25, 2017
Posted In Trade Practices, TTB COLAs and Formulas
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently notified holders of permits that were originally filed in paper of plans to move all permits to the Permits Online (PONL) system this fall. This could lead to substantial delays due to the volume of permits included. Industry members who wish to submit requests ahead of...
By McDermott Will & Emery and McDermott Will & Emery on Jan 12, 2017
Posted In Alcohol Excise Taxes
On January 4, 2017 TTB published in the Federal Register a temporary rule, T.D. TTB–146, modifying the tax filing timeframe for taxpayers who fall below a certain monetary threshold and removing the bond requirements for certain eligible taxpayers who pay taxes below certain maximum amounts on distilled spirits, wine and beer. See 82 Fed. Reg....
European Court of Justice Rules that a Scottish Law Establishing Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcoholic Drinks May Violate EU Law
By McDermott Will & Emery on Dec 29, 2015
Posted In Trade Practices
On 23 December 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) – Europe’s highest court – ruled that a Scottish law establishing minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks may violate European Union law. The case dealt with the The Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 (2012 Act), which imposes minimum unit pricing (MPU)...
By McDermott Will & Emery and McDermott Will & Emery on Jul 3, 2014
Posted In Advertising and Marketing, Alcohol Excise Taxes, Distribution, TTB COLAs and Formulas
The craft distilling movement is growing rapidly. Indeed, the torrid pace of new distillery openings and the boundless enthusiasm of new entrants seem strangely reminiscent of craft brewing (then “microbrewing”) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Craft distillers even have a simmering product integrity issue (the use of purchased neutral spirits) that splits the...
By McDermott Will & Emery and McDermott Will & Emery on Jun 18, 2014
Posted In Advertising and Marketing, TTB COLAs and Formulas
Facebook and similar types of social media have become increasingly popular as a promotional tool for craft brewers. Ease of setup, simplified maintenance, the lure of almost immediate exposure to the general public and the ability to reach targeted audiences all make social media extremely attractive. Craft brewers use social media to introduce new products,...
By McDermott Will & Emery and McDermott Will & Emery on Jun 6, 2014
Posted In Food Safety and FDA, TTB COLAs and Formulas
On June 5, 2014 the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued TTB Ruling 2014-4, exempting from TTB’s formula and pre-import approval (PIA) submission requirements beer made with dozens ingredients as well as beer subjected to wood aging processes. TTB now finds these ingredients and processes to be traditionally used in the production...
By McDermott Will & Emery on Apr 18, 2014
Posted In TTB COLAs and Formulas
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced that starting on April 28, 2014 industry members will no longer be required to submit original paper copies of bond and power of attorney forms with electronic applications. Recent changes to TTB’s regulations and Permits Online program will allow electronic receipt of these forms and other...