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Texas Set to Implement Major Changes to Alcohol License Types and Fees

A review of the passage of House Bill 1545, also known as the 2019 TABC Sunset Bill, has compelled the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to majorly revamp their alcohol license process and fees. The following changes are set to be effective September 1, 2021.  What changes are occurring? Texas is moving from 75 to […]

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What Are the Retailer DtC Shipping Laws?

Direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping continues to grow in popularity, something that has not gone unnoticed by retailers. While alcohol producers enjoy broad access to the DtC shipping market, there are nuanced alcohol retailer DtC shipping laws and regulatory rules for compliance.  A key consideration for retailers looking to ship alcohol DtC is recognizing the states that […]

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DtC Shipping Essentials: Brand Label Registration

Brand label registration is an essential part of the process of selling alcohol. And while many suppliers are aware of these requirements for three-tier distribution, they can often overlook them when it comes to direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping.  Alcohol labels, whether on a bottle, can or keg, have lots of information that is highly regulated, both […]

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Spirit New Product Registrations Surge 112% Over Last Year

Wine and beer new product registrations also see positive growth in Q2 2021  The beverage alcohol industry continues to fluctuate as it accounts for varying consumer buying patterns, due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second quarter of 2021 saw positive growth in new product registrations, with the spirit category leading the way. […]

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2021 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Mid-Year Report

Following the January release of our annual Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report in partnership with Wines Vines Analytics, consumers continue to make changes in how they get their wine. With the economy still working to rebound in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, ecommerce sales have remained important. On-premise locations, including bars, restaurants and tasting rooms, […]

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What are the DtC Wine Shipping Laws By State?

Most states allow direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping. However, you must follow the rules of the destination state when doing it. States can have varying requirements and limitations when it comes to licensing, product restrictions, dry communities or even volume limits for how much a given customer can receive. For example, Massachusetts restricts licensees from shipping […]

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DtC Shipping Essentials: Customer Aggregate Volume Limits (CAVL)

Direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping has numerous rules and regulations that shippers must adhere to in order to stay compliant. Customer aggregate volume limits (CAVL) discern how much of a certain type of alcohol a single licensee can ship in a given period of time to select individuals within a state. CAVL can seem like a fairly […]

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The Data: Wine DtC Shipments and Off-Premise Retail (June 2021 Special Report)

As we enter into the summer months, wine direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments are still shifting in response to a tumultuous year. While the industry has largely righted itself, it remains essential to pay attention to marketplace data to keep pulse on that continued change.  Nielsen is collaborating with Wines Vines Analytics and Sovos ShipCompliant to provide […]

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Multiple Shipping Facilities: Does it Make Sense?

By Milton Cornwell, COO, Copper Peak Logistics — a ShipCompliant Platinum Certified Partner Why should it matter if your direct-to-consumer (DtC) fulfillment partner has multiple shipping facilities? We at Copper Peak have found that the question of multiple shipping facilities is a very misunderstood concept in the wine fulfillment business, especially when it’s called many […]

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What Are the DtC Liquor Shipping Laws by State?

When it comes to direct-to-consumer (DtC) liquor shipping laws by state, distilleries and other spirits producers must adhere to shipping laws of the destination state. It is also important to remember that just because a state allows DtC beer shipping or DtC wine shipping, it does not necessarily mean that it allows DtC liquor shipping.  […]

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Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Shipping Essentials: Age Verification

There is perhaps nothing more important for anyone involved in the beverage alcohol market to do than to prevent sales to minors. It is illegal in every state to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21, and that restriction applies to every sale, regardless of where or how the sale occurs. Even accidentally […]

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What are the DtC Beer Shipping Laws by State?

Direct-to-consumer (DtC) beer shipping laws require abiding by the rules of the destination state. While those rules can be similar from one state to the next, there are always key differences between them that producers and other shippers should know. Two states can each allow DtC beer shipping but may have varying requirements and limitations […]

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Ohio to Permit DtC Shipping for Larger-Scale Wineries

As direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping of alcohol has become an increasingly valuable market for suppliers and manufacturers over the last many years, regulatory restrictions in states have hampered the ability of certain parties to enjoy the same benefits. However, with the passage of HB 110 in Ohio, recently signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine, a […]

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Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Shipping Essentials: How to Get a License

When it comes to direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping of alcohol, one of the first things producers or other DtC shippers need to consider is becoming properly licensed. Almost every state that permits DtC shipping to its residents requires the shipper to hold a license, so becoming properly licensed is an essential first step toward DtC shipping […]

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How to Label Direct-to-Consumer (DtC)-Shipped Alcohol Boxes

When it comes to direct-to-consumer (DtC)-shipped alcohol boxes, there are requirements from all destination states to label all such boxes to announce that they contain alcohol and must be signed for by someone 21+. This has been the case for DtC wine shipments, and is also true for DtC beer shipments and DtC spirit shipments.  […]

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The Data: Wine DtC Shipments and Off-Premise Retail (May 2021 Special Report)

Wine direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments continue to shift as the marketplace works to regain stability after a difficult economic year. Staying mindful of marketplace data will ensure the industry can properly adjust to any ebbs and flows, helping wine producers, retailers and consumers alike.  Nielsen is collaborating with Wines Vines Analytics and Sovos ShipCompliant to provide […]

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How to Streamline Your Wine Shipping With UPS and FedEx

Wineries that use FedEx or UPS to print shipping labels for beverage alcohol packages can integrate with ShipCompliant to streamline the fulfillment process. This means: No more typing addresses to print labels One click can pull all shipment information from ShipCompliant into FedEx or UPS –  your labels are ready to print Tracking numbers sync […]

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Can Retailers Do Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Shipping?

The demand among retailers and consumers for interstate direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping is growing, further bolstered in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Retailer DtC shipping is allowed in just 15 states and the District of Columbia, but retailers still saw significant increases in online orders and DtC shipping in the past year. But what […]

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