In the last few years, there has been an influx of false advertising and labeling claims targeting food and beverage producers, principally though consumer class actions. The lawsuits seem to be an outgrowth of consumers’ growing interest in foods and beverages that are artisanal and locally grown or made.  The beverage alcohol industry has not

Last week the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) published Ruling 2016-3, TTB’s most recent effort to reduce regulatory burdens on industry members. Breaking with past regulations, Ruling 2016-3 approves general-use formulas for proprietors of distilled spirits plants producing vodka, whisky, brandy or rum products that incorporate certain specified harmless coloring, flavoring or

New regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding nutritional information labeling are generating concern within the beer industry that the cost of compliance might be damaging and cost prohibitive for the industry.

Effective December 1, 2016, the FDA will require disclosure of nutritional information for regular menu items, including alcohol beverages, appearing on

Earlier this year, an entity using the moniker “U.S. Right to Know” filed separate petitions with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Drug Administration contending that American consumers are being deceived by use of the term “diet” on or in relation to soft drinks that contain “non-nutritional artificial sweeteners” (NNAS) such as  aspartame.  Under

The craft beer revolution in Colorado is nothing new. Recently, however, Colorado has seen growth in the production of craft spirits. Wineries and brewpubs have long been permitted to sell food on premises, but manufacturers of distilled spirits were prohibited from doing so.

That has now changed. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed into law