Good Morning, and Happy Tuesday, October 24, 2023
The Federal Trade Commission filed a petition seeking a federal court order to force Total Wine to turn over documents and other information related to an ongoing antitrust investigation. The FTC has sought the documents and issued a civil investigative demand to Total Wine. The request is part of an antitrusst investigation of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits.
Our friends over at Wine Business ran a piece yesterday (10/23) headlined, "Wine Industry Fires Back Against the WHO's Zero Safety." We read it, expecting to learn of some dramatic action by the bev/al industry – perhaps a study, perhaps an op-ed, perhaps a bill introduced in some legislative session. But no.
A summit between President Joe Biden and European Union President von der Leyen adjourned without Biden being able to win the removal or suspension of the EU’s retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey, which are scheduled to be reimposed and doubled to 50% on Jan. 1
Knob Creek said it partnered with Smithey Ironware, a premium manufacturer of artisanal cookware, to create a limited edition high-quality cast iron skillet. To celebrate the re-release of Knob Creek 18 Year Old Bourbon, the skillet is seasoned 18 times, 15 times more than Smithey's traditional skillets.
The 2024 DISCUS annual conference will be a joint venture with Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS). The event will be March 4-6 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego. Registration is open now, with early bird pricing in effect.
National Black Brewers Association successfully introduced Black Brewer's Day, a day dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the rich heritage and contributions of Black beer brewers throughout American history. Efforts this year have resulted in 16 cities within the United States recognizing this day as an official holiday.
Thanks for reading. We'll see you tomorrow. Have a wonderful day. – Joel