Proposed Regulation in Texas on Name and Address Labeling for Malt Beverages
Last week, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (“TABC”) circulated a draft amendment of Texas’ name and address labeling regulation for “malt beverages” (beer).
Consistent with TTB regulations on name and address labeling for malt beverages, the current regulation requires only the name and address of the importer, with foreign producer information optional. The revised regulation, in contrast, requires:
On labels of containers of imported malt beverages, the name and principal place of business of the foreign manufacturer, bottler or shipper must be stated
The proposed regulation accordingly marks a significant Texas departure from federal labeling rules. First, it requires foreign producer information on the label. Second, it requires the label to show the name and principal place of business address of the foreign producer. This could require substantial changes to the labels of malt beverages sold in Texas.
The TABC is scheduled to hold a hearing in Austin on its proposed new regulation on Friday, March 10, 2017.