Tonawanda News

October 25, 2012

Beer, wine summit helps NY growers

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — During New York’s first summit on the wine, beer and spirits industry, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will launch a new marketing plan that promotes sales locally and scale back regulations.  

Attended by dozens of beer, wine, cider and spirits producers, as well as farmers, industry officials and tourism experts, the discussions centered on issues facing their businesses and the regulations that inhibit future growth. 

They also also explored new ways for the state work as a partner to further solidify New York’s position as a leading hub of beer, wine and spirits production and tourism.

“Over the past 22 months, my administration has focused on opening New York’s doors to business and improving our state’s business climate to support growing industries so we can create jobs and grow the economy,” Cuomo said in a statement. “New York’s vibrant beer, wine, cider and spirits industry supports thousands of jobs across the state and is a major driver of tourism in many communities. The important discussion held at this summit and key reforms that resulted continue our work as an entrepreneurial government to partner with the private sector to help key industries thrive and prosper.”

New York is home to more than 450 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries, and many more new businesses open every year. Combined, the producers account for more than $22 billion in annual total economic impact in the state and support tens of thousands of jobs statewide. The state ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production, has the second-most distilleries, and three of the top-producing 20 brewers in the United States are located in New York.

The state’s agriculture industry – from hops producers and barley growers, to vineyards – plays a vital role in producing the commodities needed to create beer, wine and spirits in the Empire State. 

Cuomo proposed an aggressive marketing campaign to geared toward tourism and combining state agencies into one regulatory entity. 

The summit follows July legislation that is designed to support New York’s breweries and wineries, as well as increase demand for locally grown farm products and expand industry-related economic development and tourism.