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Congress Passes PPP Critical Improvements

By Michelle McGrath | June 4, 2020

Today, Congress passed a bill that aims to address concerns over the structure of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program has been a bittersweet solution for cideries who have had to consider laying off staff due to state-mandated tasting room closures. Yes, it provided needed funds to pay employees. But the restrictions on…

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SBA Re-Opens EIDL For Ag Biz Only

By Michelle McGrath | May 4, 2020

When the SBA first started offering Economic Impact Disaster Loans (EIDL) with an associated cash-advance to help counter the impact of the Corona virus on small businesses, farm-based businesses were disqualified from applying. Farming advocates were hopeful that the USDA was going to provide financial relief to those businesses as prescribed by the CARES Act,…

American Cider Association Virtual Listening Tour

By Michelle McGrath | April 21, 2020

Virtual Listening Tour: May 12-15We’re hitting the virtual road! Please join the board of the American Cider Association for a listening tour next month. What you can expect:  Program & resource updates from Executive Director Michelle McGrath, including the legislative & compliance landscape for cider and COVID-19 pandemic updates Virtual Listening Session led by Michelle with your Regional…

Craft Beverage Coalition Calls for Day of Action 4/22

By Michelle McGrath | April 21, 2020

Urge Congress to Approve Economic Relief from COVID-19 for Craft Beverage Alcohol Producers Members of the Craft Beverage Coalition representing the nation’s brewers, distillers, vintners, cidermakers and mead producers are hosting a “Call to Action” on Wednesday, April 22 to urge Congress to provide much needed economic support for the industry.  As a result of…

5/9/20 Updates on SBA Resources

By Michelle McGrath | April 10, 2020

There’s a lot of information (and a lot of MISSING information) regarding stimulus funds currently. Here are a few new pieces of info to know: +According to the SBA, lenders supporting PPP loans “must make the first disbursement of the loan no later than 10 calendar days after the loan is approved.” Read more +The Treasury is…

TTB Postpones Excise Tax Due Dates

By Michelle McGrath | April 1, 2020

The TTB announced on March 31 that they will postpone excise tax filing and payment due dates for 90 days. The full announcement and details of their plan can be read in their newsletter. The craft beverage coalition, which the American Cider Association is proud to support, asked for excise tax relief in a joint…

Ask a professor: Is it safe to order cider right now?

By Guest Contributor | March 27, 2020

Anna Katharine Mansfield is an Associate Professor of Enology at the Cornell Craft Beverage Institute in Geneva, NY. We met Anna Katharine during the New York Cider Association’s Virtual Town Hall and followed up with some questions for our members about how to protect employees and customers from the novel Corona virus. ACA: Is it safe…

COVID Resources for Canadian Cideries

By Guest Contributor | March 27, 2020

Hello! This is Kristen Needham Jordan from Sea Cider in British Columbia, Canada. American Cider Association has asked me to compile COVID Crisis information for the benefit of the ACA’s Canadian members, so here goes… I’m sure I have met many of you over the years at CiderCon, Cider Summits or cider events in Canada.…

Senate Passes the CARES Act

By Michelle McGrath | March 26, 2020

The US Senate just passed the CARES Act, or what is commonly known as the Phase III COVID-19 economic stimulus package. The bill includes many things (here is a good summary), but 3 things in particular will help the cider industry. It puts cash directly in the pockets of most Americans It extends unemployment and expands…

Americans Are Stocking Up on Cider

By Michelle McGrath | March 25, 2020

It’s no secret that shopping patterns have dramatically changed since it became clear that the Corona virus was here. The subject of endless memes, grocery shelves–especially the toilet paper section–are picked clean as people stock up for the long haul. According to Nielsen’s off-premise sales data, consumers are also stocking up on cider. Off-premise sales…