March 25th, 2010
Product registration in Florida is about to become a whole lot easier. Beginning April 17, Florida Alcohol Beverage & Tobacco (AB&T) will introduce a new online processing system that will shorten wait times for product registration approvals from 80 days to 2 minutes. This will significantly improve the process for wineries that distribute through traditional 3-tier channels in Florida. By eliminating a nearly three-month waiting period for product registration approvals, wineries will be able to get products to market quickly and accelerate sales. Florida does not currently require product registration for direct wine shipments.
In addition to online product registration, Florida is developing an electronic data submission system that will allow for online filing of alcohol reports. AB&T expects to begin accepting electronic reports in August of this year.