In recent years, Florida, specifically Miami, has attracted attention as a global hub for business. From the Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, making a hard and successful push to be the next Silicon Valley to the new law signed by the governor, gone are the days where people believe Florida is just a place to retire. Job creation, here we come!
Craft distilleries in Florida are celebrating a big victory! Senate Bill 46, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, eases regulation for 65 licensed distilleries in the Sunshine State. The new law allows businesses to eliminate stringent production caps and sell their drinks more widely, giving them the green light to compete with neighboring states.
A few highlights from Senate Bill 46 include:
- July 1, 2021, distillers can make and serve cocktails on the premises.
- July 1, 2021, distilleries can churn out 250,000 gallons annually, three times the quantity previously allowed.
- It ends a longstanding prohibition on distilleries selling more than six bottles to one customer each year.
A distillery can also serve food and host live music in an appropriately sized space. The venues can offer their liquor and liquor from other distilleries as well. By expanding their drink menus, it enables them to function more like bars adding another revenue stream.
New opportunities for growth:
Distilleries aren’t the only ones who benefit from the new law. New agricultural measures were introduced that will have a long-term positive effect on Florida’s agriculture industry. Effective July 1, 2026, a minimum of 60 percent of a craft distillery’s total finished branded products must be distilled in the state and contain one or more of Florida’s agricultural products. All the changes to the bill will boost revenue, create jobs, and help businesses affected by the pandemic.
The latest company to benefit from the new law? Miami-based Tropical Distillers announced they are opening the only distillery in Miami towards the latter part of the year. The distillery will offer guests a one-of-a-kind experience, steps away from Wynwood Arts District. Additionally, it will have a branded tour bus available to book for private engagements. When the bus isn’t reserved for events, it will be traveling around Miami, offering pickups to the distillery.
It is wonderful to see new opportunities for growth and employment in Florida. As a business grows, it needs to hire people, and hiring isn’t always easy. Therefore, being proactive is essential. The right fit between the organization’s culture and its health benefits is paramount to job applicants, especially as their needs change. I can’t wait to see the economic impact of this industry on our state and the ripple effect it will have on other industries. Watch out New York, California, and Washington, we will be a major player in the craft business soon enough! Stay tuned for more distillery openings.
By Ileana Miranda, Employee Benefits Consultant, Sapoznik Insurance, a World Company