A new trade body for craft spirits producers has been established in the UK in a bid to promote the interests of artisanal distillers. 

The British Distillers Alliance (BDA) was co-created by Cotswolds Distillery CEO Daniel Szor. It is coordinated by excise duty consultant Alan Powell. 

"This is something which is long overdue - our young, dynamic and fast-growing industry desperately needs a voice in Westminster and with HMRC [the UK's tax office], among others," said Szor. "We are an extremely positive force for employment, exports and tourism, and our story needs to be heard."

Powell said the BDA had received a positive response from the trade, as well as the support of the chairman of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association. He told just-drinks that so far, 26 people have agreed to sign up. According to the website, membership is "currently free and aimed at small and start-up distillers and associated businesses".

Last month, research from Mintel suggested that the number of craft spirits launches around the world leapt by 265% between 2011 and 2015. 

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