December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended

 

December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

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WSWA Key Issues

Advancing the Interests and Independence of Wholesalers

WSWA represents its members before Congress, executive agencies, regulatory bodies, courts, and other alcohol beverage industry organizations. The association monitors and advocates on numerous federal, state, and regulatory issues affecting wine and spirits wholesalers and the beverage alcohol industry. 
 
 

Federal Key Issue - LIFO Preservation

LIFO (Last-In, First-Out) is a widely-accepted inventory accounting used by large and small companies throughout the U.S. economy since 1938. Virtually every WSWA member company uses the LIFO method.

Federal Key Issue - Pass Through Entity Taxation

Any tax reform effort must be comprehensive in nature – taking into account changes to both personal and corporate tax rates. In recent years, there have been attempts to force most pass through entities – S corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, etc. – to become C corporations.

Federal Key Issue - TTB Funding

Congress should fully fund the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) at $111 million in FY 2017, including $5 million dedicated to trade practice enforcement.

  • 2018 CLD Leadership Skills Conference

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    Jul 15, 2018

    CLD Leadership Skills Conference (CLD) is WSWA’s annual executive training program for the next generation of industry leaders. It was developed to help build an educational foundation of crucial legislative, public policy, marketing and trend information needed to advance careers in the beverage alcohol industry. The conference also helps to develop connections among the wholesalers as well as suppliers and service providers, peers and current industry leaders. For more information, contact Kari Langerman at kari@wswa.org. 2018 CLD Leadership Skills Conference July 15-17, 2018 TBD Atlanta, GA

  • 2018 WLC Conference

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    Sep 20, 2018

    The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) Conference is designed to connect current and future women leaders in the wholesale tier. This is a great opportunity to further educate, inspire and equip WSWA members to expand their role in the beverage alcohol industry. For more information, please contact Catherine McDaniel at catherine@wswa.org.

  • Upcoming Meetings and Conventions

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    Mar 31, 2019

    Mark Your Calendars: 2018 WSWA Women’s Leadership Conference September 20-21 W Hotel Washington, DC 2018 WSWA Fall Membership Meeting October 8-9, 2018 The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC 76th Annual Convention & Exposition March 31 - April 3, 2019 Grande Lakes Orlando Orlando, FL 2019 Fall Membership Meeting October 14-15, 2019 The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC Washington, DC 77th Annual Convention & Exposition April 21-23, 2020 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV

  • By the Numbers: The Wine and Spirits Industry

    September 27, 2017

    American family-owned wine and spirits wholesalers are the local marketing and logistic experts in every state and every Congressional district. Members of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America deliver the widest variety of beverage alcohol products anywhere in the world in a manner that is safe, transparent, well-regulated, and efficiently taxed.

  • Who Are Wholesalers and How Do They Work?

    September 26, 2017

    The nation’s nearly 3,000 wine and spirits wholesaler locations are the crucial part of the responsible and efficient distribution system that delivers adults the widest variety of products available anywhere in the world in a manner that controls access for of-age consumers, delivers tax revenue to local, state and federal governments, and ensures product safety and consumer protection.

  • WSWA Applauds Ruling to Dismiss Missouri Retail-Direct Shipping Case

    June 19, 2018

    Ruling Reaffirms Legitimacy of State Authority and Three-Tier System

  • WSWA Advisory Council Announces Next Chairman

    June 7, 2018

    Jeff Warsh of New Jersey Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association to lead national state leaders group

  • WSWA and ABL Tell Department of Justice U.S. Consumers Enjoy Most Dynamic, Innovative Market in World

    June 6, 2018

    Playing field for beverage alcohol is one of constant and intense competition, industry associations say