US: New laws set to boost New York's craft drinks producers

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New York's Governor is backing new laws to cut “burdensome” regulations and support the state's craft brewers, cidermakers, distillers and winemakers. 

Craft producers are getting backing from the states authorities

Craft producers are getting backing from the state's authorities

Governor Andrew Cuomo has struck a deal with legislative leaders, it was announced yesterday (16 June), on a bill that will reduce the legal requirements placed on New York's small-scale producers and roll back marketing restrictions. The proposed legislation includes: 

  • Raising the production cap on “small” producers
  • Allowing all manufacturers to conduct tastings and sell, by the bottle or glass, their products without a separate licence
  • Allowing farm distilleries to operate a branch office
  • Lowering the food requirement that must be met by manufacturers when offering tastings and consumption on premises.

Governor Cuomo said: “New York state recognises that the booming growth of the beverage industry means more jobs and economic activity, and we are proud to continue our support by rolling back burdensome restrictions and enabling producers to sell more, at a lower price.” 

He added: "I commend members of the legislature who worked hard to bring this bill forward and I look forward to its passage.”

Jeff Klein, Senate co-leader, said: "Craft breweries in New York are continuing to blossom and we have an obligation to promote this thriving industry that helps create jobs and grow our economy.” 

New York's craft brewing and distilling scene has seen significant growth in recent years. The number of microbreweries has risen from 40 in 2011 to a total of 100 currently. The number of farm distilleries in the states has increased 420%, from ten in the first quarter of 2011 to 52 today, while the number of farm wineries has risen by nearly 50%, from 195 in 2011 to 289. 

Meanwhile, New York City's authorities this month resumed attempts to ban the sale of large sugary beverages in restaurants, movie theatres, stadiums and arenas.

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