The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) has launched a manifesto detailing the requirements of the UK cider industry as we approach the 2017 General Election, and beyond. It highlights cider as a great British success story, with its significant contribution to the national and regional economy, as well as the rural communities in which it operates.

The document, which can be found here, outlines the priorities for the cider industry as we head into the General Election, and with Brexit on the horizon. In order to secure the future for the great British cider industry, the NACM has 4 key requirements:

1.) Provide fair excise treatment for cider, helping to encourage innovation, protecting traditional ciders and to support a return to growth for the cider industry

2.) Support British cider export through the provision of free trade agreements and policies that enable increased export and promote great British cider across the globe

3.) Support Britain’s rural communities with improved infrastructure and investment in rural skills development, as well as regulatory frameworks supporting local businesses

4.) Protect British Orchards by encouraging apple growing through agricultural payment schemes, promoting commercial apple growing and promoting heritage orchards

 

Helen Thomas, NACM Chair, comments:

” The NACM manifesto outlines the key requirements for the great British cider industry for the General Election.  It serves to underpin the crucial role that cider plays nationally and regionally, and we hope that all politicians and prospective candidates will understand the needs of the category to secure the future of great British cider.”

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The NACM General Election Manifesto can be found here

 

 

 

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