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Spirits Trade Groups Align To Make Direct Shipping A Top Priority

July 16, 2021

The Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS), the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), and American Distilling Institute (ADI) have formed a strategic partnership to bolster direct-shipping of spirits in the U.S., making the issue a top legislative priority.

“Let’s face it. The pandemic has completely changed the way consumers shop, and there is no going back,” said ADI president Erik Owens. “It’s time to do away with antiquated DTC shipping bans so distillers can meet consumer expectations and compete in the rapidly changing marketplace.”

In a briefing yesterday, DISCUS chief of public policy Christine LoCascio pointed out that 46 states plus D.C. allow direct shipments of wine, but only 9 states plus D.C. permit DTC shipping of distilled spirits, despite broad consumer support for the latter. An additional seven states temporarily allowed distillers to ship to in-state consumers during the pandemic, but those measures have now ended in New York and Montana. There remain bills pending in some states, like California, to make such temporary measures permanent.

“We fully support the three-tier system and view direct-to-consumer shipping as an enhancement to the evolving and modern marketplace,” said LoCascio. “Consumers agree that distillers should be able to ship their products directly to them in a safe and responsible way, just as wine has done for decades.”

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