There’s no magic trick and there’s no distributor that is going to jump at every single solicitation they get. It takes way more than just a good product to convince a distributor to carry your product. Do you have any way to promote the brand outside your state? Distributors these days are much closer to the definition of that word than they…[Read more]
In most cases, secondary market works fine. However, some larger retailers do not want to work with UPC codes from the secondary market. They are extremely concerned of the possibility of a number being assigned to multiple products, then ending up in their system causing a disaster. They want to see you as the owner of the number, not somebody else.
I suspect by now your label is out of that status. I’ve had it happen too and I have no idea what it means. I think it may be related to the new people that have been hired at the TTB to work COLAs and their unfamiliarity with meadery labels.
Ken, there’s no FDA label approval process. It is basically a self regulated thing. Don’t lie on your label and you won’t have any problems. FDA labeling does require nutritional information, however, you can apply for an exemption based on your total production.
I’ve been contemplating making a mead with peanuts. However, people with peanut allergies can sometimes be extremely sensitive to peanuts. What concerns do we have about using the same tanks, filters, hoses, etc. for peanut and non peanut meads?
I’ve seen warning labels on food products informing consumers that the product was made in the same…[Read more]
Alcohol tolerance is a risky way to produce a predictable mead. I’ve blown past the tolerance by 5% ABV already, and frequently produce meads that are 2% ABV beyond the tolerance of the yeast. The biggest arguments against metabisulphite and sorbate are unwanted flavors and a desire to avoid chemicals. If you insist on avoiding chemicals, then…[Read more]
We’ve spent the better part of a year on the same project. We were unable to find anybody that can make affordable, custom tap handles at a reasonable price without purchasing a large quantity. We ended up going with taphandles.com with an initial purchase of 100 units. That’s a lot of tap handles, but we do a lot of kegged mead.…[Read more]
There’s no need for a pressure reducing valve. Ideally (when the PRV doesn’t cost almost $1,000) the PRV will be set to open at the same psi your glycol pump is running. This way, there’s no extra resistance. As soon as the solenoid valve for one of your tanks opens up to chill a tank, the PRV will close and the only way for glycol to…[Read more]