Buchanan Shareholder William A. Garvin participated as a panelist for an American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) webinar to inform kombucha manufacturers about tax, labeling and legislative issues facing the industry. Kombucha is a fermented beverage that usually contains a small amount of alcohol that is naturally produced by traditional manufacturing processes. When kombucha contains 0.5 percent alcohol or more by volume at any time, it comes under the jurisdiction of regulations of the U.S. Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
The webinar educates brewers about how to determine if their products are subject to TTB regulations and how to ensure compliance. Topics covered include:
Federal food labeling rules and requirements
Federal and state laws and requirements on distribution, labeling and sales tax
Bottle recycle labeling requirements (“bottle bills”) in several states
Pending federal legislation: Is the Craft Beverage bill good for kombucha?