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New York Loosens Restrictions on Canned Wine

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The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has lifted restrictions that would allow wineries in New York to sell 12 ounce and 8.4-ounce individual cans of wine.

The decision comes following a year-and-a-half-long push from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer who said in a statement that "allowing winemakers to sell their products in the most popular-sized cans will lead to further economic growth and allow producers to capitalize on an explosive trend."

Beforehand, wineries could only sell wine in 12.7-ounce cans, which are more expensive and harder to find.

Schumer said New York's wine industry is worth $4.8 billion and the canned wine market accounts for $200 million of that. In the last year, canned wine sales have grown by 68%.