Trade body for UK craft spirits launches

19th July, 2016 by Amy Hopkins

A new trade association has been established to represent the interests of craft spirits producers, called the British Distillers Alliance (BDA).

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The British Distillers Alliance will represent the interest of ‘craft’ spirits producers in the UK

Alan Powell, a specialist independent excise duties consultant, is co-ordinator of the BDA, while the association’s founding members include Daniel Szor, CEO of the Cotswolds Distillery.

BDA is described as a “non-profit making body which provides a professional service for independent and craft businesses in the spirits production industry and supply chain”.

Membership to the association is free and targeted towards small and start-up businesses, though larger distillers may join at BDA’s discretion.

“It’s great news that we’ve set up a distiller’s alliance specifically for craft producers,” said Szor. “This is something which is long overdue – our young, dynamic and fast-growing industry desperately needs a voice in Westminster and with HMRC, among others.

“We are an extremely positive force for employment, exports and tourism, and our story needs to be heard.”

In 2014, a new body has been launched to support Scotland’s emerging craft spirit industry, called the Scottish Craft Distillers Association (SCDA).

Powell added: “We have been delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response and membership commitments from so many craft producers throughout the whole of the UK and the support of Chairman of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association, who do such a great job for their membership north of the border.”

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