Manufacturing Caucus Hosts Event with Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturers

Manufacturing Caucus Hosts Event with Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturers

Trenton– Today, the bipartisan, bicameral Legislative Caucus on Manufacturing met with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) and liquor manufacturers from across the state at Source Brewing in Colts Neck to discuss issues that the industry is currently facing.

The gathering consisted of a tour of the facility, a presentation on barriers the industry has faced over the past two years, and a panel discussion to learn about current issues facing manufacturers in the industry. .

“Manufacturers across the state have faced a plethora of hurdles over the past two years due to COVID-19, and the alcoholic beverage industry is no different,” said Senator Linda Greenstein ( D-Mercer/Middlesex), caucus co-chair. “Today’s meeting was a great opportunity to meet with an industry that the caucus had not previously interacted with directly, to hear their concerns about the future of their industry, and to gather suggestions for future policy. . Going forward, we are looking to work more with the liquor industry so that this manufacturing sector can be as successful as possible in New Jersey.

Currently, nearly 250,000 New Jerseyans work in manufacturing, with the industry contributing more than $50 billion to the state’s total gross domestic product in 2020.

“While many people don’t think of them as such, small and medium-sized breweries, distilleries and wineries, like Source Brewing, are a rapidly growing segment of New Jersey’s manufacturing economy. Recognizing how crucial the economic multiplier of manufacturing is to New Jersey, I am committed to working with the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus and beverage alcohol manufacturers to create a more conducive environment for this oft-used but little-understood industry. manufacturing industry,” said Senator Michael. Testa (R-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland), caucus co-chair. “We should all raise a glass to these exciting companies for the jobs they create, the revenue they generate and the excitement they fuel.”

Today’s meeting marked the first meeting of the Manufacturing Caucus of the 2022-2023 legislative session.

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