FIVS-Abridge is a database of national regulations and international agreements for markets around the world, covering topics such as certification, composition, labelling, marketing, packaging, production, promotion, tariffs, taxation, and transportation. This service is a resource for those interested in the legal aspects of the international alcohol beverage sector, particularly for those trading or intending to trade their products internationally.
FIVS-22 is a long-standing customs initiative where FIVS has regularly stressed the need for logical and understandable rules in interventions with national governments and international organisations. For example, FIVS offered one of the major detailed analyses describing considerations to be taken into account in properly classifying alcohol beverage products subjected to novel production techniques.
FIVS members have conducted studies to demonstrate how different segments of the wine, spirits and beer sectors contribute to national economies. One study, completed in January of 2007, uses a standard methodology which includes direct, indirect, and induced economic effects in order to present a complete picture of the economic impact of the grape, wine, grape juice, table grape, and raisin industries in terms of employment, product revenues, taxes, and many other indices. In 2013, there was a study of the contribution that Canadian Industry has made to that country. Also in 2013, the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland produced a video demonstrating the multifaceted importance of the Irish Drinks Industry to the Irish economy. A report issued in February 2014 and based on 2012 data shows that New York’s grape and wine sectors contributed $4.8 billion to that state’s economy. Please review the reports below for additional information.
This initiative actively promotes the development of symbols and pictogrammes on wine labels. This effort requires consultation with key organisations dealing with specific concerns, as well as with the European Commission, the International Organisation of the Vine and Wine (OIV), the International Wine Law Association (AIDV), the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) and the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Ultimately, this area may greatly benefit from the development of an ISO standard.