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  • Scientists Publish New Study Analyzing How Bread Aromas And Tastes Interact To Produce Flavor

    Scientists Publish New Study Analyzing How Bread Aromas And Tastes Interact To Produce Flavor

    Published: 30 May 2017

    By Richard M. Blau, Alcohol Law and Food Law Department Chair Psychologists rank the enjoyment of eating and drinking among the key criteria used to measure quality of life. For food scientists, chefs and gourmets, the pleasures of food derive in part from the aromatic odorants, also known as “volatile organic compounds,” impacting taste buds in the mouth and olfact...

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  • Cruise Ship Industry News

    Cruise Ship Industry News

    Published: 01 Mar 2017

    TALLAHASSEE, FL – March 1, 2017 – Florida issued a new rule regarding alcohol and tobacco excise tax reporting for sales made within Florida boundaries by cruise ships. If you operate cruise ships coming to ports in Florida, or other states and have questions regarding tax reporting, licensing, or compliance with alcohol, food, and/or tobacco regulations, GrayRobinson has one of the larg...

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  • What Real Estate Brokers Need to Know About Alcohol-Related Issues

    What Real Estate Brokers Need to Know About Alcohol-Related Issues

    Published: 27 Feb 2017

    By Valerie Haber, Miami Liquor License Attorney, Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney FEBRUARY 27, 2017 -- We get a lot of questions from commercial real estate brokers about Miami liquor licenses and whether alcohol establishments can be located at particular properties. When brokers are faced with a proposed use that will require a liquor or beer and wine license (restaurants, bars, nightclu...

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  • Liquor Licenses as an Asset: How to Administer an Estate when the Decedent is a Licensee?

    Liquor Licenses as an Asset: How to Administer an Estate when the Decedent is a Licensee?

    Published: 21 Feb 2017

    By: Jason Cetel, Tampa Liquor License Attorney, Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney and Sunai Edwards, Tampa Liquor License Attorney, Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney A client comes into your office seeking advice for his estate plan. He is the sole owner of a company that operates a popular bar in town, known for its margaritas. During your meeting, he specifies that he wants to devise his vint...

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  • FDA EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR NEW REGULATION ON LABELING “GLUTEN-FREE” FOODS AND BEVERAGES

    FDA EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR NEW REGULATION ON LABELING “GLUTEN-FREE” FOODS AND BEVERAGES

    Published: 15 Feb 2017

    By Food Law Attorney Anna Wiand The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it has extend the period for public comments on a proposed rule to establish requirements for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, or foods that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients, and bear a “gluten-free” claim. FDA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule on gluten-free labeling f...

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  • Recent Legal Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for a Miami Restaurant Liquor License

    Recent Legal Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for a Miami Restaurant Liquor License

    Published: 13 Feb 2017

    By Valerie Haber, Miami Liquor License Attorney, South Florida Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney  Recent law, and a related policy shift by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (“DABT”), makes it easier for Miami-Dade County restaurants to qualify for a full liquor license.  Florida alcohol beverage laws generally allow restaurants meeting certain criteria to quali...

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  • TTB Cracks Down on Pay-To-Play, With Historic $750,000 Offer In Compromise

    TTB Cracks Down on Pay-To-Play, With Historic $750,000 Offer In Compromise

    Published: 21 Nov 2016

    By: Valerie L. Haber, Miami Liquor Lawyer, Alcohol Law and Food Law Attorney  The Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”) announced yesterday that it accepted an offer in compromise in the amount of $750,000 from the Craft Beer Guild, LLC. According to the TTB’s press release, this is the largest monetary offer in compromise that TTB has collected from a single industry mem...

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  • CHINA’S WINE IMPORTS GROW DRAMATICALLY, WITHOUT U.S.

    CHINA’S WINE IMPORTS GROW DRAMATICALLY, WITHOUT U.S.

    Published: 17 Nov 2016

    By Richard M. Blau, Esq. China imported US$ 1.77 billion worth of wines during the first nine months of 2016, representing a 19.1% year-on-year increase. China’s total volume of wine imports also jumped 14.42% to over 464 million liters from January to September, according to the China Association for Imports & Export of Wines & Spirits, the nation’s official trade association. China’s b...

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