On 17 March 2016 Goa classified the country liquor, Feni as Heritage Spirit of Goa. Feni is the form of spirit produced exclusively in the coastal state.
• Feni is the first liquor product in India to receive such status.
• Feni is classified as a "country liquor", and is therefore not allowed to be sold outside the state of Goa
• The word feni is derived from the Sanskrit word phena. This is because of the bubbles that form a light froth when the liquor is shaken in a bottle or poured into a glass.
• The feni selling market is largely unorganised. Locals tend to buy feni directly from the thousands of traditional distillers who run seasonal mini-distilleries or stalls in the villages of Goa.
• Cashew feni was awarded Geographical Indication registration in 2009 as a speciality alcoholic beverage from Goa, described as a colourless, clear liquid that when matured in wooden barrels develops golden brown tint.
• A large volume of feni that is distilled is sold directly by distillers to taverns who have business relationships that extend over generations.
• Feni, is a brew made from coconut or cashew, is synonymous with the Goan ethos and identity.
• The Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association has hailed the move.