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|Friday, October 01, 2010||09:15|
(Drinks Media Wire). Iowa craft spirits and wine producers reacted sharply to Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley’s comments during a congressional hearing yesterday that federal legislation, H.R. 5034, would not hurt Iowa’s craft distillers and wineries.
“It is disappointing that Congressman Braley chose to speak about the potential impact of H.R. 5034 on the Iowa Craft Distillers without bothering to discuss the issue with any of us,” said Scott Bush, Master Distiller of Templeton Rye Spirits in Templeton, Iowa. “In fact, H.R. 5034 could create all kinds of harmful impediments for us marketing our products in other states.”
Cary Greene, General Counsel for WineAmerica which represents small wineries across the nation, agreed: “We’re disappointed that Congressman Braley testified in support of a bill that will harm an Iowa industry that has grown 600 percent in the last decade and contributes an annual economic impact of more than $234 million to Iowa’s economy. Iowa’s 74 wineries will be hurt by H.R. 5034, and Congressman Braley still has decided to support it.”
In a recent letter to Congress, every major alcohol supplier trade association announced opposition to H.R. 5034 – a bill crafted by beer, wine and spirits wholesalers. The letter called the bill anti-competitive and discriminatory, saying:
“By its very language, the primary function of this legislation is to affirmatively permit states to pass discriminatory laws that are in opposition to the Commerce Clause.”
The groups that signed the letter include: the Distilled Spirits Council; Wine Institute; Beer Institute; Brewers Association; WineAmerica; and the National Association of Beverage Importers.
|Name: Ben Jenkins|
|Company: Distilled Spirits Council of the United States|
|Address: 1250 Eye Street NW - DC 20005 Washington|
|Country: UNITED STATES|
|Phone: +1 202-682-8840|