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Governor cuts regulations for wineries, breweries

    FINGER LAKES—Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced changes to wine and beer regulations following the recent statewide Wine and Beer Summit.
    The day-long event in Albany included representatives from the wine and beer industry, New York Farm Bureau, the New York State Restaurant Association, and other industry members. The governor announced several regulations were implemented immediately.
    The changes include allowing multiple manufacturing licenses at the same location. Under previous regulations, producers of multiple types of alcoholic beverages needed separate licenses and separate premises for each type of beverage, and with the exception for wineries and farm wineries, multiple-beverage manufacturers could not share facilities.
    The cost of a manufacturers’ marketing permit is reduced. At the governor’s direction, the State Liquor Authority cuts the fee for its three-year manufacturers’ marketing license from $750 to $125 per year.
    The governor’s department said craft manufacturers can sell bottles when they are conducting tastings at more locations. The previous regulation prohibited manufacturers from selling bottles at street fairs and charity events.
    The amount of documentation required for license applications was also cut. At the governor’s direction, SLA waives the submission of certain documents not pertinent to a manufacturer’s application, such as detailed diagrams, multiple bank statements, and information already on file.
    The governor also increased the amount of money spent on promotion. The state will provide $1 million dollars for a new advertising campaign to promote wine, beer and spirits. The state will increase funding - leveraged on an industry match – by up to $2 million, bringing the total marketing campaign to $5 million.
    “We enthusiastically applaud and sincerely thank Governor Cuomo for this bold and visionary initiative,” said Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, who participated in the roundtable discussion of industry issues and aspirations.





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