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Distilled Dispatch July 26 2016

July 26, 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 10
Kraig Naasz

[Editor's Note: Distilled Dispatch will be on hiatus for August and resume in September]

President's Perspective: 
Celebrating Our Heritage with a Spirited Mount Vernon 

While August often seems to be a summer lull, we at the Distilled Spirits Council are in full-swing preparing for the always highly anticipated, “The Spirit of Mount Vernon Reception & Dinner” on September 21. This event, held in support of the educational mission of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, is a showcase for our industry and its impressive heritage.
Importantly, the event gives the Council an opportunity to promote our members and our industry's connection to President George Washington, one of America’s largest whiskey producers during his time. It also allows us to interact with key allies such as wholesalers, lawmakers, media and other opinion leaders from our nation’s capital.

We are also delighted to announce that one of this year’s inductee to The George Washington Spirit Society will be former Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Dr. Peter H. Cressy, RADM, USN. The Society inducts those few individuals who best exemplify the outstanding qualities exhibited by our First President in his life, his business enterprise and his service to his country.
While the Council is pleased to host the Spirit of Mount Vernon, our partners play a huge role in contributing to the success of this event. Among those co-hosting the event are the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, American Bakers Association, American Bankers Association, American Beverage Association, American Trucking Associations, International Dairy Foods Association, International Franchise Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, National Association of Manufacturers, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation and, of course, George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
In addition to the wonderful dinner and reception, the night also features a showcase of our member company products with elaborate tasting bars set on the great lawn of the historic mansion. The evening is punctuated with fireworks over the Potomac river.
Please let us know if you would like to attend, or if you would like to contribute to the always popular silent or live auctions held during the dinner.
We believe the 15th annual The Spirit of Mount Vernon Reception & Dinner will the best yet, and we hope to see you there.

Congress Passes GMO Food Labeling Bill

Congress recently sent legislation to President Barack Obama that would require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone that indicates whether the food contains genetically modified ingredients, commonly known as GMOs. The President is expected to sign the bill and the U.S. Department of Agriculture would have two years to craft the rules.

The legislation applies to those foods subject to FDA's labeling requirements and excludes distilled spirits and other beverage alcohol products subject to TTB's labeling authority.

For more information, please contact Council Vice President of Government Relations Michele Famiglietti at (202) 682-8819 or

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) hosts an event featuring his home-state distillery Few Spirits.
Industry Relations

Council Opposes Liquor Control Board of Ontario's Proposed Flexible Mark-Up

The Distilled Spirits Council recently joined with other trade associations in opposition to a Liquor Control Board of Ontario's (LCBO) proposed flexible mark-up tenders for wines and spirits.

The Council objected to the proposal, which would have violated Canada’s World Trade Organization obligations, as well as Canada’s obligations under NAFTA with regard to the operation of the liquor boards and their mark-up policies.  

According to Spirits Canada, the Government of Ontario has taken into account the strong response from domestic and foreign stakeholders and has decided not to proceed with any deviation from the LCBO’s commitment to applying non-discriminatory, transparent and standardized product mark-ups.

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

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) tours Traverse City Whiskey Company to see how spirits are made and learn how the company is creating local jobs.

Council Testifies Before Montgomery County, Md., Liquor Task Force

Distilled Spirits Council Chief Economist David Ozgo and Vice President of State Government Relations David Wojnar recently testified before a working group tasked with evaluating the future of the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Liquor Control and highlighted areas that could be improved to better serve customers.

Opening additional outlets and putting them in convenient locations were among the suggested strategies to boost county sales.

For more information, please contact Council Vice President of State Government Relations David Wojnar at (774) 417-6909 or

Industry Relations

Spirits Highlight the Conventions

The Council hosted successful events at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions that welcomed hundreds of office holders, media and other important opinion leaders. The New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent and Managing Editor Carl Hulse interviewed Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naaasz in Cleveland for a Facebook Live segment that was streamed live on the homepage. USA Today and other media also covered the events.
Joe Walsh plays the Distilled Spirits Council convention party in Philadelphia.
Council Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Frank Coleman toasts with Bloomberg Managing Editor for Washington News Craig Gordon on a successful event in Cleveland.
Distilled Spirits Council Vice President of Government Relations David Culver and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) at a Distilled Spirits Political Action Committee (DISPAC) dinner.

July 27
National Scotch Day

September 13
Distilled Spirits Council
Executive Board Meeting
Washington, D.C.

September 21
Spirits of Mount Vernon Dinner & Reception
Mount Vernon, Va. 

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