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. It is a comprehensive, up-to-date and
interactive database of international regulations and trade agreements covering wine.
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 enables users to design "trade scenarios" for trade between selected markets.
Users can also access regulatory information for different countries in side-by-side comparisons
according to topic.
Where is the value?
Such a publicly available comprehensive website covering wine
regulatory matters has never existed in one place and has never been interactive before.
FIVS-Abridge enables users to readily access and compare information that would take hours to
locate and evaluate otherwise.
How did FIVS-Abridge come into existence?
In 2006, trade associations and companies
from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the USA and other markets decided to pool their
resources to create a sophisticated data-bank of regulatory and trade agreement information
and material from around the world. The challenges of obtaining sufficient resources, being
comprehensive and remaining current led to a truly collaborative effort. The stakeholders
understood that individual efforts would not adequately meet these challenges, and that
international cooperation would be crucial in creating a viable site.
Who is FIVS-Abridge designed for?
The site is designed for professionals involved in
sophisticated inquiries regarding regulatory and international trade issues related to wine.
FIVS-Abridge contains helpful summaries of key regulations and commentaries by noted specialists,
lists experts from around the world from whom further information may be obtained, and offers
a venue for those engaged in the trade to communicate with one another.
What type of organization is FIVS-Abridge?
FIVS-Abridge is a for-profit LLC,
incorporated in the state of Delaware in the USA. The nature of the services that FIVS-Abridge
provides prevents it from being a non-profit organization.
How is FIVS-Abridge organized?
FIVS-Abridge is controlled by a Board of Managers.
Day-to-day operations are handled by a Director and one full-time staff member. In addition,
FIVS-Abridge has a Business Advisory Council, which advises on special business issues, and a
Technical Advisory Council, which provides guidance on the development of the site itself.
What is FIVS-Abridge’s relationship to FIVS?
The President of FIVS also serves as
the Chairman of the Board of Managers of FIVS-Abridge. FIVS-Abridge is a stand-alone company
which was designed, among other things, to support FIVS in a number of ways. As a “start-up,”
those managing FIVS-Abridge are focused on developing its capabilities in a way that supports
FIVS’ strategic initiatives.
How does FIVS-Abridge support FIVS?
The FIVS-Abridge site complements the existing
FIVS website, which focuses on activity in relation to future regulations and agreements within
the organizations that FIVS monitors closely. The database furthers FIVS’ vision of
“promoting a successful global alcohol beverage industry” through encouraging:
- Mutual Acceptance
- Trade Facilitation
FIVS-Abridge has enriched FIVS’ ability to access and share information with its members.
What is the subscription model and price?
FIVS-Abridge receives revenue from annual
subscription fees. Those interested in subscribing may link to subscription information
from the FIVS-Abridge home page (www.fivs-abridge.com).
Please contact FIVS-Abridge about group rates which have been established for multiple users
within an organization and/or for a multiple year commitment. FIVS members are eligible for a
reduced rate, which they may or may not elect to receive.
Who is FIVS-Abridge being marketed to?
Potential subscribers who have been approached
include producers, retailers, law firms, government agencies, universities and industry
What is the future direction of FIVS-Abridge?
FIVS-Abridge expects to extend its
coverage of regulatory and international trade information and materials beyond wine into
other categories of alcohol beverages.
How do I contact FIVS-Abridge?
You can find contact information for FIVS-Abridge
7315 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
T: +1 240-744-7603
OR via FIVS:
18, rue d'Aguesseau
F-75008 - PARIS France
T: +33 (0)1 42 68 82 48