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In what could be a boost for the regions distillers the state government is set to embark on a new program to develop the industry further.

Up to $50,000 has been allocated for development of a South Australian Spirit Industry Blueprint which will help map out future growth of the local industry, supporting production, marketing and value adding.

The blueprint follows the launch of the Distillery Trail last year which highlights the locations and offerings of many of South Australia’s award-winning distilleries.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the local spirit industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years with up to 50 distilleries now around the state.

The Riverland has a rich heritage of distillers, being home to some of Australia’s oldest distilled products.

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