Posts by Michelle McGrath

The Cider Rebound: Now, Let’s Keep It Going!

A recap of Nielsen’s keynote presentation at CiderCon 2019 in Chicago. For the last three years we’ve been honored to have our partners at Nielsen present on the state of the cider industry during CiderCon’s opening session. They offer many of our members individual services, but we work with Nielsen to bring our members broad…

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2019 USACM Board Election Results

Cider Association Elects 2019 Board of Directors Paul Vander Heide of Michigan Reelected as President Portland, OR (February 8, 2019) –The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) elects a new slate of directors and officers each year during its annual meeting which takes place during CiderCon – the industry conference for USACM members held…

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PRESS RELEASE: USACM Announces Certified Pommelier Objectives

United States Association of Cider Makers michelle@ciderassociation.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The beer, wine and spirits industries all have recognized certification programs designed for food and beverage professionals. The hard cider industry has had its own version—the Certified Cider Professional (CCP) program—since 2016 through the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM). Until recently, the CCP…

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CiderCon Contest!

How does a cider vacation sound? Pretty good? Well, here is a chance to go on one for FREE! To enter, simply book your room for CiderCon 2019 in Chicago at the Hilton by January 18! GRAND PRIZE: We’re giving away “The Ultimate California Cider Vacation” to one lucky winner to attend CiderCon 2020 in California.…

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2019 Board Nomination Period is Open

Every year at CiderCon we honor the service of our board of directors throughout the previous year. We also hold elections for rotating board seats. About a third of the board is up for election each year. Our board is structured such that full members (active cidery level member employees) hold the seats. We have…

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Membership Forum

Have a question about filtering? Trying to sell a used brite tank? Selling juice? Looking for a cider job? Our Membership Forum is a great place to post your cider industry specific classifieds. If you are a vendor or contractor, please contact us for forum sponsorship inquiries. Solicitations are not permitted on the forum otherwise.

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PRESS RELEASE: Cider Association Releases 2018 Update to Cider Style Guide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United States Association of Cider Makers For follow up: Michelle@ciderassociation.org US Cider Association Releases 2018 Updates to Hard Cider Style Guidelines; Adds Five New Styles Portland, OR—The United States Association of Cider Makers has released an update to their Cider Style Guide, first introduced in summer of 2017. USACM’s original reason for…

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Our Executive Director Made Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers List!

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release Contact helenkanebaldus@gmail.com for follow up or images Article Link: https://www.winemag.com/content/40-under-40-2018-michelle-mcgrath/ Featured image by Scott McDermott Cider Association Executive Director Makes 40 Under 40 Tastemakers List By Wine Enthusiast  Portland, OR [August 21, 2018] – The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) is thrilled to announce that its executive director, Michelle McGrath, has…

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What is “DRY”?

USACM Board endorses dryness language Last summer we launched our Cider Lexicon project with the stated goal of creating tools that will help a consumer more easily find a cider that suits their flavor preferences. The first step in that project was our style guide, released last fall (the guide currently open for submissions–submit here). As…

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USACM Member Updates for April 2018

We know how important industry statistics are to you and the rest of the cider community. We’ve been busy working to bring you the highest potential possible from our partnership with Nielsen. We’re excited to have several updates for our members about this partnership: Nielsen is extending a special packaging design offer to our active members with…

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