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."


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Buoyant demand for UK apples but frost and labour remain concerns

Buoyant demand for UK apples but frost and labour remain concerns

As the British apple season begins, English Apples & Pears (EAP) is warning that growers will feel the effects of both a late frost in spring and also constrained labour supply.

Tomorrow's tractors

Tomorrow's tractors

These machines have advanced rapidly over recent years but what does the future hold? Sally Drury looks ahead.

Tractors for growers

Tractors for growers

The latest specialist tractors are providing wider choice for growers working in narrow rows, Sally Drury reports.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon