As two bills that might have ended the 34-day government shutdown were defeated today, many alcohol producers are nearing a crisis point. With the TTB closed, there are no new COLAs being issued and no new formulas being approved, causing a massive crunch in sales funnels and production schedules....
Recently, the TTB provided feedback on the use of “mead” in the brand of a company name, and how that would impact COLA submissions. If a company name includes “meadery,” “mead co.,” “mead company,” etc. your COLA should not run into issues. Example here: Charm City Meadworks: However, if...
At the end of 2016, the TTB released Ruling 2016-2, which, despite its catchy name, lessened the formula submission requirements on meaderies. Some meads now do not require formula submissions: Meaderies do not need a formula for standard agricultural wine, including mead and: Carrot wine Dried fruit wine (e.g., raisin...
Getting a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) for your products can be one of the most stressful experiences in owning a meadery. There are a lot of regulations, and even more TTB rules, and, even after the supremely helpful FAQs, there’s still a lot of confusion. But there’s that...
A major question for wineries, but particularly for some meaderies, is what the regulations allow with regard to the origin of the honey used. While it can get a little technical, there is some latitude in labeling. For the purposes of explanation, I’ll use my meadery, The Colony Meadery,...
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