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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for December 23, 2020

December 23, 2020

•With passage of permanent federal excise tax cuts for distillers, wineries, brewers, and importers, craft producers are toasting a bright spot in a dark year. Rochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling will be able to save 15% of its workforce and make further investments in research and development as a result of the permanent FET reduction, according to president Jason Barrett, who adds that the company is gearing up to launch five new products in 2021 while increasing its distribution salesforce by 50% and building out distribution in 14 new states. “This investment pays significant dividends in the payroll wages, marketing services and farm products we buy and will mean a significant rework of our annual plan to reinvest into further growth,” he said.

•U.K.-based Salcombe Distilling has launched Start Point and Rosé Sainte Marie gins in the U.S. Start Point is billed as a classic, citrus-led London Dry gin, while Rosé Sainte Marie is inspired by the aromas, flavors and lifestyle of the Mediterranean coast. Both retail at $40 a 750-ml. The two Salcombe gins are currently available in New York, Connecticut, and New England, imported by Park Street Imports and distributed by Horizon Beverage, Empire Merchants and Connecticut Distributors Inc. Salcombe is located in the town of the same name on the southwest coast of England.

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