Is the government really trying to tax kombucha? Those in the kombucha industry have had concerns about a federal smack-down for years. In 2015, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) even sent warning letters to a number of kombucha brewers to accuse them of producing beverages that supposedly exceeded the allowable alcohol limit. And once again, the TTB used the opportunity to threaten the industry with regulation, hefty fines, and legal action.
In 2010, kombucha was seized from store shelves due to claims that the popular fermented beverage contained too much alcohol. Since that time, however, most large kombucha companies have reformulated their products to ensure that they comply with federal guidelines and do not exceed the 0.5 percent alcohol limit. Of course, the government is never happy when health products begin to pick up steam, and as the popularity of kombucha continues to increase, the threat of regulation and taxation has once again reared its ugly head.
The global market for kombucha is expected to expand from an approximate $600 million in 2015 to an estimated $1.8 billion by 2020. It’s no surprise that the federal government wants to find a way to stick their grubby little fingers in a pot with so much potential.
Jamba Dunn, the head of Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, says he worries about federal action every single day. For years, the TTB has been monitoring kombucha makers for potential alcohol amount violations. One of the letters…
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