Weekly Update Week 47: November 20th – 24th


Operations Update

Thanksgiving Closures Reminders 

Elenteny Imports will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, and Friday, November 24th. Any orders released on Wednesday, November 22nd will be processed for the next available pickup date according to the warehouse schedule and our operating days.

FOND DU LAC will be closed on Thursday 11/23 and Friday 11/24.

SIDEKICK will be closed on Thursday 11/23 and Friday 11/24.

MMK will be closed on Thursday 11/23 and Friday 11/24.

2024 CBMA Assignments are Open 

If you have not done so already, you may start requesting your 2024 CBMA assignments from suppliers. Foreign producers may begin entering 2024 CBMA assignments in the myTTB portal immediately. The submission period runs from October 1st, 2023 through December 31st, 2024. Please note foreign producers must also confirm or update ownership information before submitting 2024 CBMA assignments.

In our experience, it is best to request as much of your allocation as the winery will provide as early as possible, particularly if you are a non-exclusive importer. This ensures that you have the maximum tier-1 gallonage available to claim, and also that there will not be unused gallonage still available that you could have used in the 2024 calendar year.

Please be aware that even though the filing period runs through the end of the year, the costs associated with retroactive filings or post-summary corrections are significant enough that it only makes sense to do so in limited situations. If you have any other questions, please reach out to Tom Davis or Tim Kealey at CBMA@elentenyimports.com

Fond Du Lac Wall-to-Wall Physical – February 2024

Fond du Lac has scheduled our wall-to-wall physical inventory from February 8th to February 14th, 2024.

Here is what you need to know:

  • No delivery, sample, national orders, or Customer Pick-Ups (CPUs) will be processed by Fond du Lac for pick up/delivery on the dates of Thursday, February 8th to February 14th.

  • Orders placed Wednesday, February 7th will ship out Thursday, February 8th.

  • National orders placed before February 8th will remain available for pick up through the week of shutdown. Please remember to make your appointment via FDL’s booking system.

  • Inventory will reopen on Wednesday, February 14th for delivery of orders on Thursday the 15th.

  • The rest of our warehousing operations will have shutdown dates during that range and will be included in our next update.

This is not a complete shutdown of all inventory at Fond du Lac, just Elenteny Imports.  Let us know if you have any questions.

California:  Labelling and Recycling 

The State of California recently expanded the definition of “beverage” so that wine (including sparkling or carbonated), distilled spirits, wine/spirit coolers (ready-to-drink cocktails with any percentage of alcohol by volume), wine from which alcohol has been removed in whole or in part, and all ciders are subject to the state recycling rules beginning January 1, 2024.

If you operate in CA, you will now need to comply with :

  • new labeling requirements

  • pay new recycling fees

What Types of Alcohol Are Subject ?

As of January 1, 2024, you will be charged a “manufacturing” processing fee for almost all types of beverages (including N/A wine) sold in California. This fee will apply to all types of:

  • Wine: red, white, sparkling or carbonated

  • Wine from which alcohol has been removed in whole or in part

  • Spirits

  • Beer

  • Cider

Now what ?? 

Elenteny is required to begin collecting the recycling fee from our CA direct/retail customers and remitting it to the agency beginning January 1st, 2024.

Do I have to change my labels/packaging?

California Redemption Value (“CRV”) labeling on beverage packaging (for wine & spirits) is not mandatory until July 1, 2025. January 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025, is the “transition period” when the CRV labeling is “optional” for the newly covered products.  Wines and spirits that were filled/bottled and labeled before January 1, 2024 do not require the CRV labeling (they are exempt and will not need the CRV labeling ever).

Nonetheless, you should begin discussing these labeling changes with suppliers / manufacturers / producers now.

For more information head to the CA website here.

Elenteny customers, please reach out to compliance@elentenyimports.com

News to Know

What You Need to Know About Slovenian Wine | SevenFifty Daily 
Slovenian wines trace roots back to the Celts and Illyrians originally cultivating grapes around 400 BC. Gaining traction, after Slovenia gained its independence in 1991, winemakers set forth to make their mark in building a modern wine industry.

Why does red wine give you a headache?  |  The Guardian

The Headache Centre at the University of California is trying to solve the mystery of why red wine consumption gives most people a headache. Tannins, sulfites, phenolic flavonoids, and biogenic amines have all been examined.  Read more to find out the culprit.

Dear Santa, Please buy this for our Christmas Present from the Elenteny Team.

On our Christmas wishlist this year, is this property on the Island of Tinos overlooking the Aegean Sea. It comes complete with its own Vineyard stocked full of Assyrtiko grapes,  its’ own wine-making room, and beach access.

Santa, please contact Southerby’s asap.!  (via decanter.com)

“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way

— Dr Seuss

Cheers, Elenteny Imports