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David Richardson to talk about regulations on shipping in bulk at the International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show

I’m delighted to have been asked to present a session at the International Bulk Wine & Spirits (IBWS) Show, taking place in London on January 24-25, 2018

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show is presented by Beverage Trade Network, the leading online platform dedicated to connecting the global beverage industry. Beverage Trade Network (BTN) successfully connects wineries, breweries, distilleries and brand owners with international importers, distributors, brokers and beverage industry professionals on a daily basis. Strong partnerships with international and US organizations have helped BTN establish IBWSS as a premiere sales and marketing event committed to connecting the private label and bulk beverage industry.

I’ll be talking about “Regulatory issues specific to bulk products compared to cased goods”

The principal reason for shipping in bulk is the ability to save on transport costs and thereby maintain or increase price competitiveness.  The transport method needs to ensure that the integrity of the product is maintained during the transport process.

As well as ensuring accuracy (are you sure that’s chardonnay in that 22,000 litre tank?) bottlers also need to pay attention to rules on blending and other operations, such as rendering a product sparkling.

The use of a bottling facility may also lead to different decisions in complying with excise duty requirements. 

The rules on geographic protection (PDO and PGI for wines, GI for spirits) may prevent or impose specific requirements on bottling. 

Whilst product labels for bulk and cased goods both need to comply with the destination market’s rules, there may be different challenges in designing and applying the labels, for example in ensuring conformance of batch and lot numbers to maintain an accurate audit trail.

The regulatory environment is also affected by the political context.  Brexit is a prime example of an event that will have a major impact on importers and exporters and where the WSTA is well placed to interpret and influence.


Full details of the show can be found at and I look forward to seeing you there.

#BulkWine #Spirits #IBWSS #London

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