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Feedback Requested TTB Standards of Fill for Wine & Distilled Spirits

July 4, 2022

On May 25, 2021, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued a proposed rule that would amend the regulations governing wine and distilled spirits containers. TTB is proposing to add 10 additional authorized standards of fill for wine, along with related technical and other harmonizing changes. TTB is also considering, as an alternative, eliminating all but a minimum standard of fill for wine containers and all but a minimum and maximum for distilled spirits containers.

According to the TTB, such action could potentially eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements, reducing barriers to competition, and providing consumers broader purchasing options.

Current Standards of Fill
For Wine For Distilled Spirits For Distilled Spirits (in metal can)
3 liters; 1.8 Liters. 355 mL.
1.5 liters; 1.75 Liters. 200 mL.
1 liter; 1 Liter. 100 mL.
750 milliliters; 900 mL. 50 mL.
500 milliliters; 750 mL.
375 milliliters; 720 mL.
355 milliliters; 700 mL.
250 milliliters; 375 mL.
200 milliliters; 200 mL.
187 milliliters; 100 mL.
100 milliliters; and 50 mL.
50 milliliters.
wine may be bottled or packed in containers of 4 liters or larger if the containers are filled and labeled in quantities of even liters (4 liters, 5 liters, 6 liters, etc.) Distinctive liquor bottle approval is possible

Under alternative 1, TTB is proposing to add the following standards of fill for wine: 180, 300, 330, 360, 550, 620, 700, 720 milliliters and 1.8 and 2.25 liters sizes. TTB is specifically interested in comments that address whether the proposed sizes would result in consumer confusion regarding the quantity of wine in the container.

Under alternative 2, existing standards of fill for wine and distilled spirits would be eliminated except to maintain in the regulations a minimum standard of 50 milliliters for both wine and distilled spirits and a maximum standard of fill of 3.785 liters for distilled spirits. TTB again seeks comments on this matter generally, and also specifically with regard to whether the potential impact on competition of continuing to restrict standards of fill outweighs potential consumer confusion.

TTB is specifically interested in comments that address whether the proposed sizes would result in consumer confusion regarding the quantity of wine in the container.

We would appreciate that you communicate to us any concerns or comments regarding this notices to inform any potential intervention to the U.S. on this matter.  Please send them to aafc.mas-sam.aac@agr.gc.ca by July 4th to provide enough time for review.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns at aafc.mas-sam.aac@agr.gc.ca.

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Date:
July 4, 2022