The state’s farm-based licenses for distilleries, breweries, wineries, and cideries has risen 72 percent since 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
Cuomo in 2011 launched a $60 million tourism campaign to publicize food and beverage products made in-state called “Taste NY.” State-made beverages have been highlighted in national craft-beer competitions, and the state recently opened a store in Grand Central Station to promote the initiative, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.
“The tremendous growth in the farm-based beverage industry over the past three years is a testament to how state government is creating new economic opportunities for local businesses to grow and thrive,” Cuomo said in a statement. “With our help, New York’s beverage producers are creating jobs on farms and in communities all throughout the state, as well as providing as significant boost to the State’s agricultural and tourism industries.”
Since 2011, state distilleries have increased from 10 to 42, a 320 percent increase. Cuomo signed legislation that allows state and county fairs and farmers’ markets to promote growth in 2012.
Farm wineries in the state increased 40 percent from 195 to 273. Last summer, an ad television ad campaign was launched to promote state wines. Roadside farmers’ markets are able to sell state-labeled wine.
There are 26 licensed farm breweries in the state, with more than a dozen license applications currently pending. Since 2011, the number of breweries has increased from 40 to 93. To receive a state brewery license, the beer must be manufactured under certain guidelines put in place by 2012 legislation signed by Cuomo. To apply, the manufactured beer must be made primarily from locally grown farm products.
State cideries have increased from five to 22 since 2011. In October, Cuomo signed a bill that established new licenses from farm cideries. The new law excludes farm cideries from sales tax return filing requirements to promote growth. To apply for a new state license, the hard cider must be made exclusively from apples grown in-state.
New York is the second highest provider of apples in the country, behind Washington.
“Ciderweek NY” premiered last October, which promoted state ciders to the Hudson Valley and New York City over nine days.
Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, said in a statement: “The acceleration of wine industry growth did not happen by chance, but by design. Just as the ripening of grapes is accelerated by warm, sunny weather, the growth of our industry has been accelerated by a sunny business climate.”
For more information about New York’s growing beer, wine, spirits, and cider industries, visit www.taste.ny.gov