PROSSER, Wash.-- The Trade and Tax Bureau is urging winery and brewery owners to add nutrional facts labels to their products.
Some of these local owners met in Prosser today to disscuss Notice 73. The proposal requires wine and beer testing for alcohol, carbohydrates and calories.
This brings an additional cost of $275 per test. The increase in budget has many winery owners concerned. Still some owners are trying to see the bright side of this situation.
Casey McClellan, owner of Seven Hills Winery, said "If we're nutritionally labeled, there are healthy aspects. It is an antioxidant, it is fat free, it is low cholesterol, it is low sodium."
Aside from financial stress, wineries are also worried about re-designing their labels.
Adding nutrional content on the bottles will not leave enough space to explain the origin and unique facts about the product. This is a tool owners say is essential when they market to consumers.