Since the 2005 Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision addressing the interstate direct shipment of wine, the number of states allowing out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers has increased from 31 states to 42. The experience for licensed wine retailers (for example: brick and mortar wine shops, California Type 85 or 20 licensees and auction houses) however, has been somewhat different. The number of states previously available to retailers since 2005 has declined from 18 to 14 states and the District of Columbia.
What Retailers Need to Know
To help retailers navigate the market, we’ve created a quick reference guide, including basic information on regulations in the states available for retailer-to-consumer wine shipping. (more…)
Presented by Mackenzie Latham on March 5, 2015
As a cider producer, you, no doubt, have to navigate the cumbersome work of state product registrations, license management, and distributor reporting. There’s a lot of work to do to get your products to market.
ShipCompliant makes it easier.
ShipCompliant currently works with over 3,000 beer, wine, and spirits suppliers to improve their processes and eliminate some of the bottlenecks that many in this industry struggle with.
Account Manager, Mackenzie Latham recently presented a demo that discussed how you can use technology to simplify your compliance processes. Watch the recording above or contact us for more information.
If you use FedEx or UPS to print shipping labels for your wine packages, you can integrate with ShipCompliant to streamline your fulfillment process. This means:
- You’ll never type an address to print a label again
- One click can pull all shipment information from ShipCompliant into FedEx or UPS, and your labels are ready to print
- Tracking numbers sync automatically into your ShipCompliant account
The January 2015 report for Michigan liquor excise taxes is due this month, bringing the first reporting period with the new tax liability structure (noted in a previous blog post) to a close.
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) has sent several notices to registered licensees of all tiers regarding these changes in the reporting and remittance requirements. We want to reiterate that as of February 1, 2015 alcohol beverage suppliers (manufacturers, out of state suppliers, etc.) are not liable for excise taxes on their sales to Michigan wholesalers. (more…)
If you pay attention to industry news, you’ve surely noticed an increase in stories about litigation surrounding “misleading” information on labels. Most recently, Anheuser-Busch’s use of “Bud Light Lime-a-Rita” is being questioned by two California-based law firms because it has twice the calories of regular Bud Light.
Other recent lawsuits include Maker’s Mark (Beam/Suntory) and Tito’s Vodka which address whether having the word “handmade” leads people to believe that the product is superior. Templeton Whiskey’s label states “Prohibition-Era Recipe” and Angel’s Envy indicates small-batch made in Kentucky. Both statements have also landed these whiskey producers in class-action lawsuits. (more…)