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Greece Post
  • N.Y. to hold beer, wine ’summit’ to boost industries

  • Yogurt got its turn. Now the beer and wine industries will be garnering attention from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo.



    Earlier this week, Cuomo called for a “summit” to boost the beer and wine industries in New York just months after he began a similar event to try to make the state the nation’s largest producer of Greek-style yogurt.

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  • Yogurt got its turn. Now the beer and wine industries will be garnering attention from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
    Earlier this week, Cuomo called for a “summit” to boost the beer and wine industries in New York just months after he began a similar event to try to make the state the nation’s largest producer of Greek-style yogurt.
    “The wine and grape industry has become such an important piece of agriculture, that having it on forefront with (Cuomo) is great,” said Constellation Brands, Inc. spokesperson Angie Blackwell.
    Cuomo added that the beer and wine summit in late October will be patterned after the yogurt gathering.
    The beer and wine effort will involve farmers and manufacturers as well as relevant state regulators. Cuomo said private sessions among participants are expected to yield important discussions and agreements before the public summit.
    The wine and beer industry, which includes growers of grapes and hops, has gained more attention from the state in recent months as Cuomo looks to it to help combat a 9 percent unemployment rate.
    In June, the Legislature and Cuomo restored a tax break for small but growing craft beer brewers in New York, providing an advantage over competitors from outside the state. The package of laws also allows farmers to sell craft beer at farmers markets.
    Local hop growers — such as Stephan Schmidt of Farmington, along with Rob Potter, Fred Armstrong, and Kurt Charland of Victor — said the legislation is a good thing for their industry. The numbers back that up too.
    The craft beer industry in New York has doubled over the last 10 years and employs 3,000 jobs in the highly automated process, according to the industry.
    The hope is that the beer and wine summit will have the same success as the yogurt event.
    Since this summer’s “yogurt summit,” the state is moving to reduce some environmental protection regulations in order to help dairy farmers increase their herds to address a shortage of milk for New York yogurt producers.
    — Includes reporting from The Associated Press
     

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