Cheers to 10 Years: ACA Celebrates Its Tenth Year Since Incorporating

It’s time to raise a glass and cheers to the American Cider Association’s first 10 years of success! 

Thank you, dear members, for working with us over the last decade to grow the status and connectedness of the cider industry. On this anniversary, we want to express our gratitude to the growers, the harvesters, the makers, the go-getters, and the storytellers. Without the contributions of members like you, the ACA doesn’t work. Thank you for sharing your time, showing up, and pouring your passion into our industry. 

“Cider Is Stronger Together” is our motto, and by working these past ten years as a community, we’ve proven it true. We are proud of the cider industry’s greatest strength: our collective grassroots nature. 

Let’s take a moment to reflect on all we’ve done in the last 10 years.

Thanks to the vision of our founding board and members, the American Cider Association officially incorporated in 2013. Since forming the ACA, the board, the staff, and our members have made huge impacts in the cider world: 

We’re just getting started! We expect big things to come about in our 11th year and beyond. Thanks to your support, we have big plans underway:

  • Create TTB-approved language to include harvest years on labels with COLAs.
  • Add 16 oz and 19.2 oz to wine and cider’s standards of fill.
  • Eliminate the bubble tax for all cider and wine under 8.5% ABV. 
  • Create marketable and consumer-recognized cider regions. 
  • Introduce additional data resources and benefits to our membership package.
  • Launch a new member portal that adds resources for cideries each quarter, making critical information, such as rules and regulation compliance, accessible and clearly stated.
  • Advocating for cider’s place in emerging market trends like plant-based food pairings, natural wine, climate-friendly goods, better-for-you products, ready-to-drink canned beverages, and more.

Those are just the plans for this year–new initiatives beyond 2023 are up to all of us. It may be a challenging year for cider, but together we’ll prevail. If the cider community continues to come together and prioritize collective impact, the industry will reap rewards for years to come. 

We’ll have more to say about our first decade and all we have accomplished together, but for now, we just want to say thank you, members! 

Let’s celebrate all we’ve done. CHEERS TO 10 YEARS! 

Sincerely yours,

Eleanor Leger, ACA Board President

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Michelle McGrath, ACA Executive Director

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