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Distilled Dispatch July 12 2016


July 12, 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 9
Kraig Naasz

Unconventional Conventions Approaching

The national political conventions are rapidly approaching and sure to receive an unprecedented level of attention.  Against this backdrop, the Distilled Spirits Council will host two signature events that have become a hallmark of both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
We are pleased to announce that The Wall Street Journal has agreed to serve as our co-host along with the Locust Street Group.  Having these partners serves to ensure that our key messages are prominent in any coverage.  First and foremost among them is the importance of moderation, responsible consumption and equivalence.  The spirits sector’s growing contribution to U.S. job creation, importance to the hospitality sector and the deep and wide-ranging ties to local communities are also core messages.
The political conventions also provide an opportunity to leverage our interactions with the most politically active members of their respective communities – elected officials at every level of government, state delegates, senior staffers and other advocates – in order to engage them in the issues that matter most to us.  Building relationships with these highly-credible influencers will aid the achievement of our policy goals moving forward.
We also plan to create memorable events that showcase our sector’s wonderful products with features such as elaborate tasting bars, specialty cocktails and live music. 
The “Spirits of Cleveland” reception during the Republican Convention will be held on Monday, July 18, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Old County Courthouse in downtown Cleveland.  The event in Philadelphia during the Democratic Convention will be “One Hell of a Night” featuring Joe Walsh and Friends, with special guest Jason Isbell, at the World Café Live from 8 p.m. to midnight.  Of course, the world class spirits and cocktails will be the real stars of both events.
The conventions get underway this coming weekend, so please let us know if you plan to attend or participate.  We expect our events to be highlights of each week and we look forward to having you join us!

News Reports: Colorado Grocers Drop Ballot Initiative

Multiple news outlets, including the Denver Post and Denver Business Journal, recently reported that Your Choice Colorado suspended its ballot campaign for beer and wine in grocery stores. 

The Council is currently working with all Colorado stakeholders on implementing the new law and the accompanying rulemaking process.

For more information, please contact Council Regional Vice President Dale Szyndrowski at (214) 914-8865 or

New York Continues Brunch Bill Trend

New York recently joined the “Brunch Bill” trend as the governor and legislative leaders struck a deal to end much of the remaining 80-year-old “blue laws” that once banned alcohol sales on Sundays.

Restaurants and bars statewide will now be able to serve alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays instead of noon.

For more information, please contact Council Regional Vice President Jay Hibbard at (207) 831-8285 or


U.S. International Trade Commission Highlights Positive Economic Impact of TPP on U.S. Spirits Sector

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) recently issued a report showing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would have a positive effect on the overall U.S. economy, with a particular benefit for the U.S. spirits sector.

According to the USITC report, which was required as part of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), U.S. agriculture and food would see the greatest relative gain among broad sectors of the U.S. economy. TPP would establish trade-related disciplines that strengthen and harmonize regulations, increase certainty, and decrease trade costs for firms that trade and invest in the TPP region.

The USITC specifically noted the benefits for U.S. distilled spirits stating, “Through a combination of tariff elimination, an annex setting parameters for labeling requirements, and new protections for Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey, TPP would expand U.S. exports of alcoholic beverages while having a minimal effect on U.S. imports.”  

This news comes amid rising international demand; the value of U.S. spirits exports has more than doubled over the past decade, from $734 million in 2005 to $1.56 billion in 2015.

For more information, please contact Council Senior Vice President for International Affairs Christine LoCascio at (202) 682-8894 or

Public Affairs
Council Chief Economist David Ozgo compares sales at military installations to sales in the civilian population for the Military Sales Committee.
Industry Relations

CDC Reports Teen Binge Drinking Rates Decline to Historic Lows

A major Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey recently reported that underage and binge drinking rates among high school students are at their lowest levels since the survey’s inception in 1991.

The 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), released every two years by the CDC, also showed that underage and binge drinking has consistently declined at a statistically significant rate over the past decade. 

More than 15,000 U.S. high school students participated in the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which is one of three surveys sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that track data on substance abuse among youth nationally.

For more information, please contact Senior Vice President Sam Zakhari at (202) 682-8837 or

Industry Relations

Distilled Spirits Council Board Sets Vision 2025 Task Force; Invests in State Affairs

Distilled Spirits Council Chair Jim Clerkin, after announcing the Vision 2025 Initiative at the Spring Board meeting, finalized composition of the task force during the Council’s Summer Board meeting. The task force includes representatives of all companies from across a diverse range of disciplines representing marketing, consumer insights, public affairs, legal, corporate social responsibility, sales and government relations.

Having previously approved a special state affairs fund to address issues in Colorado and Oregon, the Board directed that the collected funds be made available to fully secure a victory in Colorado and expressed a willingness to utilize unexpended funds to address other state-related issues subject to the Board's determination.

Council Chair Jim Clerkin addresses the Board during the breakfast session; NABCA Chair Stephanie O'Brien provides a briefing for the Board.

LoCascio Appointed to Washington International Trade Association Board of Directors

Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President of International Affairs Christine LoCascio has been named to the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) Board of Directors. The non-profit, non-partisan organization is dedicated to providing a neutral forum in the nation’s capital for the open and robust discussion of international trade policy and is widely considered Washington’s premier trade forum.

For more information, please contact Senior Vice President for International Affairs Christine LoCascio at (202) 682-8894 or

Distilled Spirits Council Vice President David Culver and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC) at the annual BRIDGEPAC fly-in where the Distilled Spirits Political Action Committee (DISPAC) provided spirits during the weekend events.

July 18
Distilled Spirits Council Convention Event
Spirits of Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio

July 19-24
Tales of the Cocktail
New Orleans, La.

July 24
National Daiquiri Day

July 25
Distilled Spirits Council Convention Event
One Hell of a Night with Joe Walsh and Friends
Philadelphia, Pa.

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