WASHINGTON — Ohio taxes spirits at one of the highest levels in the country, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation, which also found the state’s excise taxes on beer and wine are in the bottom third of the nation.
Based on data from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Ohio’s $9.32 per gallon excise tax ranks it the 12th highest in the country, according to the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization. Ohio’s current ranking is actually an improvement over 2013, when its tax rate of $9.84 per gallon placed it 11th highest.
FULTON, Calif. — Two Ohio breweries were included on the list of top 100 brewers in the world compiled by reviewers for RateBeer.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. of Cleveland and Hoppin’ Frog Brewery of Akron were included on the list based on reviews of more than 240,000 beers from more than 16,000 brewers worldwide taken in 2013 and weighted by performance within and outside of style.
COLUMBUS — A Portsmouth pizzamaker took the top prize in the gourmet category of the 2014 Pizza Pizzazz competition Feb. 9 in conjunction with the annual North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show here.
Jordan Henson, manager of Gatti’s Pizza restaurant in Portsmouth, scored the $6,000 first prize and the title of “Best in the Midwest” with her Italian Sub pizza. She was one of six finalists chosen from a field of 63 competing pizzamakers from the Eastern U.S. and her victory was the first for a large chain in the contest’s 16-year history.
WASHINGTON — The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last month issued interim guidelines for labeling alcohol beverages with gluten content claims.
Under TTB-Ruling 2012-2, TTB will not allow products made from ingredients that contain gluten to be labeled as “gluten-free.” Such products may only carry a label stating they were processed to remove gluten but that the product may still contain gluten.
CHICAGO (PRNewswire) — According to new research from Mintel, some 22 percent of Americans say they are drinking less domestic beer because they’re drinking wine instead, and 18 percent are focusing their alcohol consumption on liquor in lieu of domestic beer.
But despite flat volume sales on the traditional domestic front, craft beer continues to make inroads, especially among the all-important 25-34 age group, where 51 percent feel that smaller producers make better quality products than their larger brethren.
ST. LOUIS (PRNewswire) — Anheuser-Busch recently announced it is purchasing Blue Point Brewing Co. in Patchogue, N.Y.
Founded 15 years ago by Mark Burford and Peter Cotter, Blue Point is one of the nation’s top craft brewers with more than 40 beers and sales concentrated along the East Coast.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
According to Anheuser-Busch, Blue Point will continue to operate in Patchogue. It also plans to invest in the brewery to grow its operational capabilities and enhance the consumer experience over the next few years.
NORWALK, Conn. (PRNewswire) — Diageo was named one of 2014’s “Top Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives.
The award recognizes American corporations that identify, promote and nurture successful women. This is the third time NAFE has selected Diageo for the annual Top 50 list.