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BevAlc Roundup | California Proposes Expanding Bottle Bill Rules, Opportunity in a Slowing-Growth Market, and Looking Back on Prohibition

2020 marks 100 years since the start of the Prohibition Era (the Volstead Act, which implemented the 18th Amendment, and prohibited the sale and production of any product with more than 0.5 percent ABV, came into effect on January 17, 1920). As such, there has been a lot of coverage in the media of this […]

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New Year, New Data: The 2020 DtC Wine Shipping Report To Be Released This Month

This month, Sovos ShipCompliant is set to release the annual Direct-to-Consumer (DtC) Wine Shipping Report with our partners Wines Vines Analytics, based on 2019 data. Soon after, we’ll be sponsoring and presenting an exclusive first look at the report during the Direct-to- Consumer Wine Symposium near the end of January. Here is what you need […]

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BevAlc Roundup | Congress Extends Federal Alcohol Tax Relief, Wine Prices to Continue Correction in 2020, and Hard Seltzer is Here to Stay

Here we are with the final Roundup of 2019, and more than that, the final Roundup of the twenty-teens. And what an eventful decade it has been! Back in 2010, Sovos ShipCompliant was still a hardscrabble startup focused on supporting the development of the DtC wine shipping market. Since that time DtC wine shipping has […]

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Sovos ShipCompliant Unveils New Website and Branding

Sovos ShipCompliant has a new home online and a new name. The brand new Sovos ShipCompliant website is now online. It offers easier navigation, deeper descriptions of product offerings and an improved look and feel. Along with those new wrinkles, the new site also features the latest industry observations in the Sovos ShipCompliant blog, as […]

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2019 ShipCompliant End-Of-Year Webinar

In our end-of-year webinar we covered the news and changes that encompassed the beverage alcohol industry in 2019. We discussed industry growth, the latest trends like hard seltzer and canned wine, and recent regulatory updates like the Tennessee Wine & Spirits v. Thomas decision.  Industry growth through ShipCompliant data 2019 was a busy year for […]

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BevAlc Roundup | Time Running Out to Extend Reduced Federal Excise Taxes, Beer Shipments Fall to Decade Low in 2019, and Is Molasses the Secret to Good Rum

December 5 was the 86th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day the 21st Amendment was enacted, restoring the legal market for producing and selling alcohol in the United States. While the many decades between then and now have been very fruitful for producers, distributors, and retailers of alcohol and the satisfied consumers they serve, the […]

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Ready to grow your winery? Invest in ecommerce

At the height of the “Amazon effect,” ecommerce has never been so important to the wine industry. New digital shopping patterns, customer expectations and competitive landscapes have impacted the traditional brick and mortar business model.  Wineries may be slower to embrace this change due to the added regulatory complexities of shipping alcohol and the strong […]

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BevAlc Roundup | Federal Alcohol Tax Reform Gains Support, Divergence in Oregon Wine Country, and How to Improve Holiday Shipping

The fires that threatened Sonoma County two weeks ago have thankfully been quelled; but that was not before numerous homes and buildings were destroyed, for which we at ShipCompliant extend our deepest sympathies. For everyone, though, the holiday shopping season is still fast approaching. This brings increased online sales and potential delays in shipping across […]

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Importers in the DtC Landscape: It’s Complicated

To paraphrase, all of the beverage alcohol industry has to deal with complicated regulations; each member of the beverage alcohol market has to deal with regulations that are complicated in their own way. That is a long-winded way of saying that you may face unique restrictions and complications that other, seemingly similarly placed (i.e., same […]

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Thinking About Launching a Beer Club? Here’s How to Get Started.

By: Andrea Steffes-Tuttle, who directs marketing at VineSpring, an eCommerce, club, and allocations software platform for wineries and breweries     The brewery market is competitive and consumers have lots of options when it comes to how they spend their time and money. There are limits in tasting room capacity and expansion through distribution can […]

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How Planning Can Improve Operations During the Busy Wine Shipping Season

The busy direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping season of October, November and December is upon us. With the holiday season approaching, people start thinking about gift-giving and holiday parties, and with a bottle of wine appealing to the masses, wine orders increase drastically. More orders and events often lead to more complexity managing paperwork, logistics and […]

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BevAlc Roundup | Fire Comes to Wine Country; Day of Action on CBMTRA; Terroir for Spirits

Despite weeks of rolling blackouts, fire has come again to California wine country. The Kincade fire has so far burned many thousands of acres, dozens of houses, and several historical buildings at some of the largest wineries in the region. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have suffered losses, and fervently hope for […]

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Top 3 Reasons to Attend the 2019 Colorado Craft Brewers Summit

The Colorado Brewers Guild is hosting their third annual Colorado Craft Brewers Summit Nov. 4 to 5, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. This is the perfect opportunity to take a break from the everyday to learn and network within the craft brewing community. We’re looking forward to learning as a community, attending a variety […]

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Unlocking the Potential of Your ShipCompliant Account Can Help Foster Seamless Direct-to-Consumer and Three-Tier Operations

In the past, three-tier and direct-to-consumer channels have often operated independently or have even been viewed as competitive channels, but there is a benefit in having a symbiotic and seamless relationship between them. ShipCompliant helps businesses manage both their direct-to-consumer operations and three-tier reporting and registration compliance simultaneously. Our users tell us they reclaim hours […]

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BevAlc Roundup | Follow-up on Texas Audits of DtC Shippers, 2019 to be a “Perfect” Vintage, and Better Yeast Makes Better Alcohol

This last week brought some unique challenges to businesses and residents of California, with the major electricity company, PG&E, shutting down services over several days. While seeking to avoid the devastating wildfires of past years is certainly a desirable end, the power outages bring their own problems, including complicating one of the busiest tourist seasons […]

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Texas Audits Get Real: What DtC Wine Shippers Are Facing

Back in August, we reported that Texas was planning to audit Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper permit holders starting in September. This plan represents one of the biggest efforts ever by state regulators to audit the direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping market within their borders. Now that we are a month into the auditing period, we have […]

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7 FY19 Statistics that Show Where the Beverage Alcohol Industry is Headed

ShipCompliant by Sovos recently closed the books on our fiscal year, and we’re looking back on the accomplishments of our clients, partners and industry. Since we entered the market, ShipCompliant by Sovos has helped customers pay more than half a billion dollars in tax to states through 1.8 million sales and excise tax reports. Now, […]

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BevAlc Roundup | New York Goes “PRO,” Successfully Managing DtC Sales Over the Holidays, and Winemaking in a Dry Climate

Fall has officially set in here in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning that it’s also officially the busy (well, busier) season for the beverage alcohol industry. While harvests are winding to a close, that just means hectic weeks and months of processing grapes, hops, and other agricultural products lie ahead. And the holiday shopping season is […]

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