The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) has welcomed the decision to drop alcohol duty from beer but believes that it should extend to all forms of alcohol.
Paul Bartlett, chair of the NACM, said: "We welcome the news that the chancellor believes the duty escalator is flawed, but we are disappointed he has decided to remove it just for beer.
"We look forward to having the opportunity to discuss with government the removal of the duty escalator for all alcohol, including cider.
"Cider makers will recognise the benefit for a hard-pressed pub industry from this move. As vibrant pubs have a drinks offer much broader than just beer, the abolition of the escalator for all alcohol would have gone further."
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