On May 25, 2022, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau announced proposed changes to the standards of fill. It proposed ten additional authorized standards of fill for wine and all the related technical and “harmonizing” changes. Moreover, as an alternative, it is also considering eliminating all but the minimum fill wine containers. It also proposed the removal of all but the minimum and maximum for distilled spirits containers.
These changes were in response to the Treasury Department’s recommendations in the February of 2022 report on competition and how to encourage and protect the vibrancy of the American markets for beer, wine and spirits and improve the chance of success for small companies and start-ups. It gives them a chance against several large corporations that dominate sales.
These proposed changes would remove unnecessary regulatory oversight. The TTB adds that these potential changes would also reduce barriers to competition. Finally, it says the changes would provide more purchasing options to consumers.
The TTB is taking comments until July 25, 2022. Docket No. TTB-2022-0004 as posted at https://www.regulations.gov. A direct link to that docket is available on the TTB website at https://www.ttb.gov/laws-and-regulations/all-rulemaking under Notice No. 210. Interested parties can also submit comments via postal mail to the TTB’s Regulation and Ruling Division director. The address is 1310 G Street NW, Box 12, Washington, DC 20005.