The Latest: Whiskey groups united in urging free trade

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on global whiskey associations calling on world leaders to end trade conflicts (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Their spirits producers might compete for sales in bars and liquor stores, but the top whiskey associations are uniting to urge world leaders to defuse trade tensions that are threatening to hurt industry sales.

Meeting in Kentucky, representatives from nine international spirits organizations signed a resolution Wednesday urging open and fair trade and calling for the removal of tariffs.

Kentucky Distillers' Association President Eric Gregory says the groups can't agree on who produces the best whiskey, but they agree that fair trade is essential for the spirits industry.

The group said it was encouraged by signs that the U.S. and the European Union are pulling back from the brink of a trade war.

Participants in the whiskey summit included groups representing the Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky industries and representing spirits producers in Japan, Canada and Europe.

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3:23 a.m.

Anti-tariff talk will be flowing as leading whiskey associations meet in Kentucky to discuss how trade disputes could hurt their industry.

The Kentucky Distillers' Association says leaders of nine whiskey groups worldwide are meeting in Louisville. The whiskey summit comes as industry officials worry that trade tensions could escalate - with their products caught in the crosshairs.

KDA President Eric Gregory says the goal is to forge a united strategy in making a case to world leaders in promoting free and fair trade. Participants include groups representing the Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky industries and spirits producers in Japan, Canada and Europe.

Trade disputes have resulted in tariffs imposed in some key overseas markets for American whiskey makers.

Summit participants plan to discuss their concerns at an event Thursday afternoon.

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