The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our industry. Craft distillers across the U.S. are navigating heroic efforts to combat the hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray shortage as well as contending with what this crisis means to their business and their teams.

You can find what you need here. ACSA is providing a technical response in real time so you can do what’s best for your business and your community. We will continue to advocate and educate as we navigate these unprecedented times. Have a question? Email us and we will help. Read on for the latest on COVID-19 response.

COVID-19

ADVOCACY

ACSA has been working closely with industry leaders and partners to assemble information to help you respond during this unprecedented time. Click here for the official guidance from the White House in conjunction with the CDC.

With industry partners, we sent letters to Capitol Hill conveying the need for support for the craft distilling industry. See the links on this page to read the letters imploring action from the federal government.

BUSINESS OPERATIONS

ACSA RECOMMENDED BEST PRACTICES FOR TO-GO OR CURBSIDE
Distilleries are adapting to this changing environment by modifying their operations to connect with customers in a safe and ethical manner. Check out these critical best practices for managing tasting room operations for to-go or curbside service.

HAND SANITIZER

Craft distilleries around the country are stepping in to help alleviate our national shortage of sanitizing solutions. Two products in particular are in high demand: 60% ABV hand sanitizer and 70% ABV sanitary spray for surface disinfection. ACSA is working closely with TTB and FDA to ensure DSPs have the appropriate regulatory guidance and other information needed to ensure proper production and distribution guidelines are followed, as well as standards for safety and efficacy.

Click here for further information and the Notice of Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19.

Check out this comprehensive list of the many distillers in the U.S. working to create hand sanitizer and sanitizing sprays.

Here’s a great list of FAQs on Hand Sanitizer Production. Answers are based on latest guidance and we will continue to update if regulations change from TTB/FDA.

SDS FORM TEMPLATE 

Check out this great resource for DSPs making hand sanitizer: a template SDS Form. If you are producing hand sanitizer, you can fill out this writable PDF with your information or use as a template for your needs.

FDA 

The following are resources regarding FDA guidance/regulation on hand sanitizer production during this national health crisis.

TTB

The following are resources regarding TTB guidance/regulation on hand sanitizer production during this national health crisis.

Excise Tax and Other Filing Postponed for 90 Days (March 31, 2020)

TTB released guidance that due to hardship created by COVID-19, there will be a 90 day postponement for excise tax and other filings. Details can be found here.

Tips for Timely Processing of TTB Approvals & Requests During COVID-19 (March 20, 2020)

TTB released this memo on March 20, 2020 issuing guidance on timely approval during this unusual time. Read the full memo for all details. To avoid delays or disruption to your operations during this period, we strongly encourage you to use our online filing options for all necessary TTB approvals.

Permits, Labels, and Formulas

  • To file for a TTB permit/registration, or to amend your existing permit, submit your application in Permits Online or register for an account to get started.
  • To file for a label approval, submit your application in COLAs Online or register for an account.  If you already use Formulas Online, you don’t need to re-register – simply login and select “My Account,” then “Companies,” and finally “Add” to apply for a COLAs Online account.
  • To file for formula approval, submit your application in Formulas Online or register for an account.  If you already use COLAs Online, you don’t need to re-register – simply login and select “My Account,” then “Companies,” and finally “Add” to apply for a Formulas Online account.

EPA/WHO

The following are resources regarding EPA/WHO guidance/regulation on hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray production during this national health crisis.

ACSA WEBINARS

We are developing a webinar series focusing on Covid-19 and the impact for you and your business. You can learn more here.

Understanding the Congressional Stimulus Bill and How it Helps Small Businesses
Monday, March 30, 2020 from 3-4pm ET

Tune in to discuss the Congressional Stimulus Bill, the Small Business Administration’s lending provisions, and how both impact you. Register here.

FDA Product Registration in Plain English
Friday, March 27, 2020 from 3-4pm ET

If you’ve looked at the FDA registration form and felt overwhelmed, you’re not alone! This webinar will cover how to get your facility and hand sanitizer product registered with the FDA with step-by-step guidance. Register here.

Keeping Engaged with Your Customer Base When Your Tasting Room is Closed (March 25, 2020)

In a business and industry so linked to being social, what do you do in a time of social distancing? Hear possibilities and creative solutions to take your tasting room to your customer base when they can’t come to you. Presented by: Amber Pollock (Backwards Distilling Company) and Mark A. Vierthaler (Tenth Ward Distilling Company). Stream the archived version here.

How to Hibernate Your Craft Spirits Business (March 25, 2020)

This complimentary webinar will offer an industry outlook resulting from COVID-19. Discover how to sales forecast the next 3, 6, or 9 months and how to review your cash flow in line with this. The webinar will also address how to share the news with your investors and where else to get support. Presented by: Dan Gasper (Industry-renowned Start-Up Drinks Expert) and Tom Potter (President of New York Distilling Company). Stream the archived version here.

Hand Sanitizer: From Regulation to Production (March 23, 2020)

Discussion of FDA and TTB considerations for hand sanitizer creation and the technical side of hand sanitizer production. With Becky and Scott Harris (Catoctin Creek), Lee and Melissa Katrincic (Durham Distillery), and Mark Shilling (Shilling/Crafted and ACSA’s Hand Sanitizer and Legislative Affairs Committees). Stream the archived version here.

COVID-19 Webinar (March 17, 2020)

What does COVID-19 mean for your tasting room? Discussion on implications on your business and tasting room. Presented by: Wendy Grace, MD (Southwest Montana Community Health Center), Tom Mooney (Westward Whiskey), James Hyland (The Pennsylvania Avenue Group). Stream the archived version here.

ACSA INDUSTRY SURVEYS

Craft Distiller Survey Findings Reveal Grim Future for Nation’s 2,000 Small Distillers. Read press release.

WEBSITES/ARTICLES

Here is a list of helpful resources and articles as you navigate decisions about staffing, tasting room operations, insurance and more:

SBA Disaster Loans: If your state or locality qualifies, this will be the process. Talk to your local elected officials to assist them in applying for aid for your region – many are surveying small businesses to collect economic data that will help get aid.

USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: Offering grants paid directly to recipients who show immediate need (Not required to be a member of the USBG to apply). 

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: New COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund to benefit both restaurateurs and workers. Accepting donations to provide zero-interest loans to business and grants to individual workers who are experiencing hardships.

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