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June 30, 2013

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The Brand Label Registration Bill will streamline and modernize the brand label registration process for all alcoholic beverages and provide an exemption to the registration fee for craft manufacturers producing small-batch spirits and hard ciders.

“Today’s agreement on these two bills delivers on promises we made at the Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit to help our growing cideries and eliminate red tape to make doing business in New York easier,” Cuomo said. “The Farm Cideries Bill will authorize and promote the manufacturing and sale of hard cider made from crops grown right here in New York. The Brand Label Registration Bill will simplify and update the labeling registration process and provide financial relief to smaller manufacturers. The wine, beer, spirits and now hard-cider industries are important sectors of our agricultural and tourism industries, and we are committed to helping them grow and stay in New York.”

Assemblyman William Magee, chairman of the Agriculture Committee, said this is another important measure in supporting New York’s agricultural industry.

“Last year, we passed legislation to bolster our craft breweries,” he said. “It is a logical next step to extend these provisions to promote our growing craft cider makers.”

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