Governor Cuomo Announces 50 Percent Growth in Craft Beverage Manufacturers Since 2014
Since the Craft Act went into effect, New York State has experienced unprecedented growth in craft manufacturing.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in December that the number of craft beverage manufacturers has grown by 50 percent since the enactment of the Craft New York Act three years ago. A direct result of the Governor’s Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider Summits, the Craft Act went into effect on December 13, 2014, continuing the state’s support of the growing craft beverage industry. Since then, 340 new craft beverage businesses have opened their doors across the state.
Since the Craft Act went into effect, New York State, according to the governor’s office, has experienced unprecedented growth in craft manufacturing, with an average of over two licenses issued each week for new breweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries throughout the state. In the three years since the Craft Act was enacted, 35 cideries, 60 wineries and farm wineries, 67 craft distillers and 178 craft breweries have opened for business in the state.
Governor Cuomo’s office says the number of craft beverage producers has increased in every region of the state since the signing of the Craft New York Act. New York State now ranks in the top five in the U.S. for its number of craft beverage producers in every category. The state ranks fourth in the country for both the total number of wineries and the total number of breweries, second in the country for the number of craft distillers and first for the number of hard cider producers. The Finger Lakes Region saw the highest growth in overall number of craft beverage manufacturers per region in 2017!
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