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How To Find The Right Distributor For Your Craft Beer

by Mulcahy LLP on

According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, licensed beer distributors offer more than 13,000 labels produced by some 3,464 U.S. breweries. With the number of craft breweries increasing by nearly 20% per year, the...more

Florida Alcoholic Beverages Trade Practices Guide

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Florida Alcoholic Beverages Trade Practices Guide is a reference tool that addresses Florida Statute §561.42, referred to as the Tied House Evil law. The statute provides prohibitions and limitations related to the...more

An Unmapped Spanish Golden Mile: The “Indication Of Geographical Origin” Trademark Prohibition

Spain is famous for wines bathed in the sun. There are various splendid Spanish wine regions: Rioja, Valencia, Penedès, Priorat, Rueda — all of which would, by the way, make fantastic places to go during your holidays if you...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sent a letter to Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling for an investigation into the use of phthalates in food and fast-food packaging. Citing a...more

Breweries Say: “Pennsylvania Beer, Wine, and Liquor…Oh My!”

Given last year’s amendments to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code, emerging malt and brewed beverage manufacturers looking to enter into and successfully compete in the Pennsylvania marketplace have recently been given more...more

Corporate E-Note - July 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Cyber threats take many forms. The widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May of 2017 highlighted how computer files could be held hostage in return for payment, while the Dyn denial of service in October of 2016...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Cold Brew Remedy

by Lewitt Hackman on

Beer distributors can be on common footing with their franchisee counterparts in bargaining with brewers or suppliers. Depending on the jurisdiction, distributors may have protection through beer distribution statutes...more

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Announces Joint Operation Targeting Alleged “Pay-to-Play” Activities in Florida

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 20, 2017, the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced a joint operation it conducted with the Florida Department of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (DABT) to investigate potential trade...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017 #2

GE Salmon Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon and independent scientific review of the U.S. Food and...more

Court Finds No Exceeding Of Powers Or Manifest Disregard Of The Law In Confirming Allegedly Speculative Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerned an agreement by which Clos La Chance Wines, Inc., a wine producer, appointed AV Brands, Inc., a wine importer and wholesaler, as the exclusive brand agent and distributor of its wine products for the...more

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

U.S. Exports of Whiskey, Juice, and Dairy Products to Europe Targeted for Retaliation against President Trump’s Plans to Limit...

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. trading partners have begun to signal their plans to consider retaliatory measures in response to President Trump’s Section 232 Investigations on steel imports. In particular, European Union (EU) officials recently...more

Ninth Circuit Concludes No First Amendment Issue with California Ban on Paid in-Store Alcohol Advertisements

by Reed Smith on

Last month, the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, upheld a California “tied house” law prohibiting manufacturers and wholesalers from providing anything of value to retailers in exchange for advertising their alcohol...more

TTB Guidelines for Advertising Alcoholic Beverages on Social Media

Social media has become one of the most powerful marketing tools for businesses, including alcoholic beverage industry members (e.g., brewers, distillers, wholesalers). In light of the prominence of social media advertising,...more

Auction Over: The Results are in for the Third Zombie License Auction

We have now completed the latest phase of the zombie license auctions held by the Pa.L.C.B. since being permitted under Act 39 of 2016. As this is now the third phase of the zombie license auctions, we are starting to notice...more

Is Recent Legislation a Prediction of Statutory Dram Shop Liability?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

There is no question; drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the road – including themselves. Recognizing that, many states have enacted dram shop laws; laws that hold restaurants or bars that overserve patrons and then...more

Senate Bill 155: The Brunch Bill - Expanded Version

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

A few months ago, we provided a summary of North Carolina House Bill 500 and how it would have clarified many ambiguities under our state's existing alcoholic beverage laws and benefitted the brewing industry. Unfortunately,...more

Pennsylvania’s Malt Beverage Tax Credit to Take Effect in July

Have you been waiting to buy that new 20 barrel Brite tank? How about buying more kegs to distribute your beer? Beginning July 1, Pennsylvania breweries will have a new incentive to purchase brewing equipment, machinery, or...more

Brewing in the Zone: A Zoning Primer for Brewers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Imagine finding the perfect site for your new brewery and tap room—it’s spacious, inexpensive, and conveniently located—only to be told by your lawyer that breweries aren’t allowed in that particular location. This is the...more

RAMP Certification Requirements: Expanded Enforcement Looming

As a result of the new laws enacted last year, anyone who serves or sells alcoholic beverages in Pennsylvania must be RAMP certified.  A Pa.L.C.B. e-mail advisory clarified these new laws.  Under the Pa.L.C.B. advisory,...more

New Jersey Amends the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to Address the Manufacture and Sale of Hard Cider and Mead – Part 2: Wineries...

In addition to creating the Cidery and meadery license (see Part 1 for a discussion of the privileges of that license), the recent amendments to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (“Act”) amended the definition of “wine” in...more

Preserving California’s Tied-House Rules - Ninth Circuit en banc decision upholds decades-old law restricting alcohol beverage...

On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, issued its decision in Retail Digital Network LLC v. Ramona Prieto, Case No. 13-56069, D.C. No 2:11-cv-09065-CBM-PJW. The decision rejects a...more

THE SLANTS Decision Affects More than a 2(a) and an (R)

In Monday’s decision in the newly minted, Matal v. Tam case, the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit decision that the Trademark Office’s refusal to register THE SLANTS mark on disparagement grounds was...more

Three Tiers for California

Last week, California’s tied-house law – the Alcoholic Beverages Control Act (Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 23000, et seq.) – withstood a hard-fought First Amendment challenge. In Retail Digital Network v. Prieto, the Ninth Circuit...more

New Jersey Amends the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to Address the Manufacture and Sale of Hard Cider and Mead – Part 1: The...

In recent years, a handful of companies have been manufacturing and selling cider and mead in New Jersey under a temporary authorization permit (“TAP”) issued under the NJ ABC Commissioner’s general powers. Those companies...more

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