U.S. law changes mean wine and hard cider can now be sold in standard size cans
Perfect for picnics, BBQs and on-the-go
Wine lovers of the US, rejoice! Changes to standards approved by the TTB now mean that three new sizes of alcohol containers have been approved for use with wine and so-called 'hard cider.'
Prior to the changes, wine could only be sold in certain sizes: 50mL, 100mL, 187mL, 375mL, 500mL, 1L, 1.5L, and 3L. If a ciders' ABV (alcohol percentage) is above 7%, it is classed as 'hard cider' and was therefore subject to the same container restrictions.
Now, however, these drinks can be sold in 200ml, 250ml and 35ml packaging, which allows wine and hard cider to be sold in standard soda can sizes - perfect for fridge packs, picnic baskets, and taking to beach BBQs.
Interestingly, this change could also potentially help customers understand portion control, as 250ml is the same size as a single serving of wine.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer has given these new standards of fill his personal approval, saying that the new regulations will allow winemakers to sell their wares in more popular sizes, which could lead to "further economic growth" according to Food & Wine.
With canned cocktails, hard seltzers and mixology proving popular - especially throughout the summer months - this latest decision should prove popular with the public too.