Beer, wine, cider industry focus of Albany summit

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's alcoholic beverage industry was on display at a summit Tuesday organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to focus on bolstering the business.

Cuomo said that New York is home to more than 600 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries and ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production.

New York's alcoholic beverage industry employed 85,000 people and the combination of manufacturing, agriculture, distribution and retail had an economic impact of $27 billion in 2012, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association and New York Wine and Grape Foundation.

"At the end of the day for this state to do well it's all about creating jobs, it's all about stimulating the economy," Cuomo said.

Cuomo said that the state has invested $60 million in ads and promotion for the alcoholic beverage industry.

The state Liquor Authority and industry groups said New York ranks second national in sales of spirits, third in wine and cider, and fourth in beer.

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