Nova Scotia’s craft distilleries have a new plan that recognizes their distinct nature and will support growth and development of the industry in the province.
Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen outlined the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s new plan today, Dec. 19, at the Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg.
“We want to encourage investment in the local spirits manufacturing sector and help partner distillers and local farmers,” said Ms. Whalen. “Growth of the local spirits industry contributes to job creation and economic activity across the province. We want to see this sector flourish in Nova Scotia.”
Craft distilleries make spirits in small batches, with attention to detail.
The new craft-distillery policy also acknowledges the transition from craft to commercial distilleries and encourages partnerships between distillers and farmers. Distillers get a 10 per cent mark-up reduction if they use agricultural products grown exclusively in Nova Scotia.
“The growth and sustainability of local business is an important priority for the NSLC,” said Heather MacDougall, director, policy and public affairs, NSLC. “The corporation is proud of its productive relationship with Nova Scotia’s craft distilleries.”
Pierre Guevremont, founder and owner of Ironworks Distillery, said the policy will help create a robust group of small distilleries that will increase rural employment and broaden the tax base.
“These new small businesses will be excellent tourist attractions and will increase revenue for such local suppliers as Nova Scotia’s farmers,” said Mr. Guevremont. “In addition, this ensures that Nova Scotians have the choice of more spirits made locally available on the shelves of the NSLC.”