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Farm-based distillery businesses in New York increased 10-fold

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Staff Writer | December 14, 2016
On the second anniversary of the Craft New York Act in New York, the number of farm distilleries has nearly doubled since the law was implemented.
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Empire State   Farm distilleries nearly double in two years
This growth is a direct result of the Craft New York Act, which took effect December 13, 2014 and provided significant benefits to farm distillers.

There are now 107 farm distilleries operating in New York State, with 50 new businesses opening over the last two years.

As a result of New York's leadership in supporting the industry, the growth of small craft beverage producers is leading to increased tax revenue, job opportunities, increased demand for farm products, such as corn, grains, and apples, and a bolstered tourism impact for the state.

Overall, the number of farm-based distillery businesses in New York State has increased 10-fold since 2011, from 10 to 107.

In addition to the growth of farm distilleries, nine distilleries opened branch locations since the Craft Act went into effect.

The Governor Andrew M. Cuomo championed several additional reforms previous to the Craft Act that benefit New York distilleries.

This is including the elimination of a brand label registration fee, saving New York distilleries $687,000 in fees since 2014, and the elimination of a duplicative license for farm distilleries, providing substantial cost savings and reducing paperwork for businesses across the State.