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’ve called for the Government to introduce a progressive duty scheme – similar to the scheme already in place for small brewers. This will help the smallest producers grow their businesses and help them compete with the largest brands, giving consumers a wider choice of ciders and perries at the bar.
The great news is that the Government has agreed to introduce this scheme from 2023.
We also want to see recognition for the highest quality products. Current rules mean that ciders and perries made from as little as 35% juice can be taxed and sold as cider, and CAMRA is calling for this to be raised to at least 50% at the introduction of the new alcohol duty regime in 2023.
We consider the production of cider and perry with as high juice content as possible to be best practice, in particular pure juice products. CAMRA’s long-term goal is to see these producers supported by legislation, as well as by us as consumers, with a minimum juice content of 85% for duty purposes.
Browse the links below to learn more about how CAMRA campaigns for real cider and perry, or head to our Learn & Discover platform to find everything you need to become a cider expert.