Distiller extremely concerned as he feels unsupported by the chancellor

The co-founder and director of Cooper King Distillery in York, 37, said British drinkers have embraced locally made gin and whisky.

He added: ““It’s been a difficult few years grappling with Covid, spiralling costs and a cost of living crisis, and we’ve now been hit hard by the duty rise that came into effect on 1 August.

“It’s driving up the price of our spirits, harming the valued hospitality venues we supply, and is effectively an unfair tax on consumers who want to support their local distillery.

“If duty continues to rise, we’ll see demand and production drop, and our green investments stall. I’m just one of hundreds of distillers across the country who are worried for their future. The Chancellor must freeze duty on spirits in the Autumn statement and support our sector.”

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