"CAMRA is pleased that the Government has committed to support small cider makers and will retain the current duty exemption that was under threat from the European Commission. This exemption has been in place since cider duty was introduced and is absolutely vital to supporting the production and availability of quality real cider.
Removing the exemption would have imposed a new tax burden of up to £2,700 on Britain's smallest cider producers, many of whom sell less than £10,000 worth of cider a year.
This is excellent news for real cider drinkers who were concerned that many small producers would have closed if this exemption were removed. Over 26,000 cider drinkers signed CAMRA's petition calling on the Government to retain the current duty exemption and so we are delighted that this is exactly what the Chancellor has today announced."
Tom Stainer, CAMRA Head of Communications
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, supports the enjoyment and availability of real cider and perry.