Further duty rise will "impact efforts" of cider industry to return to growth

The cider industry's trade body has expressed disappointment at the Chancellor's announcement in last week's Budget that duty on cider, along with other alcoholic drinks, will continue to rise in line with inflation.

Image: Amanda Slater (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Amanda Slater (CC BY-SA 2.0)

National Association of Cider Makers chief executive Fenella Tyler said: "It is disappointing that despite the challenging conditions facing cider makers in the UK, the Chancellor has been unable to respond to the cider industry’s concerns. The cider market is facing some difficult challenges and a 3.9% increase in excise duty will inevitably impact on our efforts to return cider to growth."

She added: "We are also concerned that the Chancellor has singled out cider for a separate consultation on duty bands. We look forward to working with the Treasury to ensure that any proposed changes reflect on how this could affect the total cider market.

"Cider makers will have to carry the additional cost of higher excise duty if new measures are introduced or cover the cost of new recipes and packaging changes. Alongside the duty increase, this puts even more pressure on businesses that are feeling the strain of a cider market that is in long-term decline."

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