80% of UK cider makers are small producers
Ever since cider duty was introduced there has been an exemption in place to help small producers for whom making cider is an integral part of rural culture. About 80% of Britain’s cider market falls into this category.
While their output levels may be small, they are part of a great British tradition and help support a lively pub culture and tourism sector.
CAMRA has campaigned to ensure that this relief remains in place. Thanks to our campaigning, the Government has committed to support small cider makers and will retain the current duty exemption through the UK’s departure from the European Union.
Did you know…
Someone producing less than 70hl (12,000 pints) will generally be making less than £10,000 a year in sales. This means the tax exemption only applies to very small businesses.
80% of Britain’s 500+ cider makers are currently small producers
An exemption from this duty is essential to supporting the growth of a vibrant market for small cider and perry producers.
A tax charge of up to £2,700 would drive many small cider producers out of business costing jobs, harming the countryside and dramatically reducing consumer choice.
So what’s next?
We’re calling for the Government to go further to support cider and perry makers by introducing a progressive duty scheme – similar to the scheme already in place for small brewers.
The current exemption is vital for small cider producers, but the cut-off at 70hl represents a cliff edge that prevents businesses from growing. CAMRA wants to see a more proportionate system put in place, so the amount of tax paid increases gradually from this point. This will let small producers compete with the largest brands, and mean consumers can enjoy a wider choice of ciders and perries.