New Bill Should Help Farm Cideries

New York state takes a lot of flack over regulations and tax policies that hurt the business climate, but sometimes, the state takes steps in the right direction.

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to reduce red tape and expand opportunities for farm cideries.

The bill expands the types of businesses permitted to sell New York state-labeled cider. It also allows cideries to conduct tastings of other ciders. It will add products to the list of items farm cideries are permitted to sell, including baked goods, apples, yeasts and other cider-related products.

Additionally, the legislation allows wineries to sell New York state-labeled cider for on- or off-site consumption.

Hopefully, the legislation will open the door for further development of farm cideries across the state, including the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. It may increase the demand for New York-produced cider.

It may not add a ton of local jobs, but then again, its economic impact may be surprising. Look at the boost small towns across the state have gotten from new craft breweries that have opened in their midst, during a time the state was opening doors to state-brewed beer.

This new measure will make it easier for cideries to succeed. It’s important for New York government to constantly look for ways to get rid of bureaucratic barriers to small-business growth.