Volume 208 | January 4, 2021
FDA Reverses Course on $14K Fee for Distillers Making Hand Sanitizer

Last week, US distillers were shocked to learn the Food and Drug Administration planned to charge them $14,000 for producing hand sanitizer in 2020. However, industry advocacy groups jumped into action, and within 48 hours, leadership at U.S. Department of Health & Human Services had withdrawn the scheduled fees.

In a statement sent in conjunction with the reversal, Brian Harrison, HHS Chief of Staff, said: "Small businesses who stepped up to fight COVID-19 should be applauded by their government, not taxed for doing so. I’m pleased to announce we have directed FDA to cease enforcement of these arbitrary, surprise user fees. Happy New Year, distilleries, and cheers to you for helping keep us safe!"

Further reading: Distillery Trail
Wine & Spirits Daily Summit
OVERVIEW: The Summit was founded in 2013 and is the event side of the Wine & Spirits Daily alcohol industry publication. The newsletter focuses on evaluating all external forces, such as elements of politics and law, and how these elements link to today’s evolving beverage alcohol industry.
  
DATE: January 19, 2021
 
LOCATION: Virtual
 
IMPACT Annual Marketing Seminar
OVERVIEW: The IMPACT Annual Marketing Seminar is the pre-eminent conference for the global spirits, wine, and beer business. It is a one-day seminar for executives in the beverage alcohol industry with presentations by CEOs and presidents of major companies focusing on issues vital to the alcohol industry today as well as its future growth.
 
DATE: March 4, 2021
 
LOCATION: The Pierre Hotel, New York City, NY
 
Craft Beverage Expo
OVERVIEW: Craft Beverage Expo is a curated event that teaches attendees’ step-by-step ways to formulate a solid distribution plan with the help of experts who know the craft business inside and out. 
 
DATES: March 9 - 10, 2021
 
LOCATION: Virtual
 
New York International Beer Competition
OVERVIEW: The New York International Beer Competition launched following the success of both the New York International Wine Competition and the New York International Spirits Competition. It is the first major international beer competition with trade-only judges formed by top retail buyers, restaurant owners, beverage directors, distributors, and importers. The competition is open to all commercially produced spirits from around the world. 
 
DATE: February 21, 2021
 
LOCATION: 3 West Club, New York, NY
 
New York International Cider Competition
OVERVIEW: The New York International Cider Competition launched following the success of the first annual New York International Spirits Competition in November 2010. It is the first major international cider competition with trade-only judges formed by top retail buyers, restaurant owners, beverage directors, distributors, and importers. It is open to all commercially produced ciders from around the world.
 
DATE: February 21, 2021
 
LOCATION: 3 West Club, New York, NY
 
SIP Awards
OVERVIEW: The SIP Awards is a competition judged by a panel of consumers from all different demographics, thus creating an extremely fair competition. This truly is an award show geared towards determining consumer opinions. 
 
DATES: March 5 - 15, 2021
 
LOCATION: Hyatt, Newport Beach, CA
 
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
OVERVIEW: The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the most respected spirits competitions in the world. It has been running annually since 2001 and beyond its standard tasting events, awards are also given for importing and packaging.
 
DATES: March 8 - April 2, 2021
 
LOCATION: Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA
 
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