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State leaders agree on licensing system for cideries

Rochester Business Journal
June 20, 2013

Legislative leaders Thursday announced their agreement on a licensing system for farm cideries, and to streamline brand label registration for alcoholic beverages and exempt manufacturers of small-batch spirits and hard ciders from registration fees.

“Today’s agreement on these two bills delivers on promises we made at the Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit to help our growing cideries,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

The farm cideries bill will establish a license for cideries similar to licenses available to farm wineries, breweries and distilleries, state officials said. Cideries that annually make and sell 150,000 gallons of cider or less from crops grown in New York would qualify for the new license, and would be excluded from the sales tax information return filing requirements.

The bill is to take effect 90 days after becoming law.
The brand label registration bill will simplify and update the labeling registration process and provide financial relief to cideries that manufacturer no more than 1,500 barrels annually and for distilled spirits of 1,000 gallons or less, officials said. That bill is to take effective 180 days after becoming law.
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