Frequently Asked Questions about FIVS-Abridge

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What is FIVS-Abridge?

FIVS-Abridge is an invaluable resource for those interested in the legal aspects of the international alcohol beverage industry, particularly for those trading or intending to trade their products internationally.

Content and Functionality

FIVS-Abridge consists of a database of national regulations and relevant international agreements for markets around the world, covering topics such as certification, composition, labeling, marketing, packaging, production, promotion, tariffs, taxation and transportation. The database creates "trade scenarios" which enable users to obtain relevant legal information for trade between selected markets. The user can also view regulatory information for different countries in side-by-side comparisons according to topic.

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FIVS-Abridge is a key source of other industry-related information as well, such as codes of accepted practices, guidance notes, and industry and market reports.


Finally, FIVS-Abridge offers members a way to communicate and to network with other Abridge subscribers. A special interactive section of the site enables members to submit useful information for others to see, as well as to exchange views and collaborate with each other on important issues. Links and contact information for industry, government, and inter-governmental organizations are also available.

What people are saying
“An indispensable tool to provide both industry and government with practical information and to answer their queries. I use FIVS-Abridge at least once a week and it is often my only realistic option to find the information I really need.”
André Matthee, Director of Regulatory Services, South African Wine and Spirit Board
“…I was able to find specific information I needed for a new lecture within 15 minutes. This was after wasting 1.5 hours on Google trying to track down the same information, unsuccessfully!” more...
Gavin Sacks, Assistant Professor of Enology
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