Fresh-pressed Member Updates: January

By Michelle McGrath | January 17, 2020

CiderCon® is less than two weeks away! We have conference updates to share, but there is so much more to tell you about. First thing first, though… CiderCon®! Today is the last day to register at the $395 price. Head over to the website and sign up to take advantage of the savings. We’ve lined up near 100 amazing speakers for this year’s conference, including the…

CCP Program Updates

By Michelle McGrath | January 16, 2020

We have some exciting announcements about the Certified Cider Professional (CCP) program! We first launched the CCP program in 2016, and it has continually evolved to meet the needs of our ideal audience in allied industries. What do food and beverage professionals need to know about cider to sell more of it to happy consumers? That remains our guiding…

Dry Cider Directory

By Michelle McGrath | January 7, 2020

We’re collecting the 0g sugar ciders of all our members and loading them into the air table below! Explore the directory filters and sorting options and learn what you can seek out in your area. Join us in the conversation about no-sugar ciders on Instagram with #pickdrycider. Please confirm nutritional information with the cideries themselves.

Dry Cider January Announced by Cider Association

By Michelle McGrath | January 1, 2020

The American Cider Association is launching a month long campaign called Dry Cider January to promote their members’ ciders containing 0 grams of sugar. They will list the ciders on their website and will be promoting them through the association’s social media channels with the hashtags #dryciderjanuary and #pickdrycider.  The list will be updated regularly and can…

PRESS RELEASE: Cider Association Rings in New Year with a New Look & Name

By Michelle McGrath | December 31, 2019

After 8 years using the title of United States Association of Cider Makers, or American Cider Association for short, the cider industry trade group has updated its brand. On December 31, 2019, the group unveiled its shorter, more direct name—The American Cider Association. It also released its new logo, created by graphic designer Randi Karabin…

Cider: The Road Ahead

By Michelle McGrath | December 30, 2019

Every year around this time, we review the trends, changes, growth and challenges our industry faced in the prior twelve months. It’s a time to learn and respond. As your association, we do this to understand how U.S. companies are faring and to identify ways we can support the cider industry and its diverse members…

CiderCon® Giveaway!

By Michelle McGrath | December 27, 2019

Bottles cling-wrapped and insulated in a sweatshirt. Cans sealed and stowed in empty bread bags and stuffed in socks. Or shoes. Most of us have taken extreme risk and sketchy measures to get cider to and from CiderCon® and other cider events. Did you know there is a better way? Behold, the cider case (ok, it has another name, but this is what we’re…

Be a Leader: Join the Board

By Michelle McGrath | December 19, 2019

We are actively recruiting individuals from US-based cider companies to run for the board of directors. These are volunteer positions with a three year commitment. Active membership of the association is required. Board seats up for election this year include: Regional Chairs (4) (under 1M g/yr) Midwest (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI,…

CiderCon® Seminar: Orcharding in the West

By Michelle McGrath | December 17, 2019

About 6 months ago, Jake Mann of Five Mile Orchard in California called me. He shared that what he loved most about CiderCon® hadn’t happened in a few years, and he wondered if it might be able to return? I didn’t need convincing. I missed it too, and this was a chance for American Cider…

Pick Cider for The Holidays

By Michelle McGrath | November 10, 2019

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest weeks of the year for cider, and November and December is a time to shine! We are once again offering members free promotional materials as a membership benefit. All print material orders will include tabloid-sized Thanksgiving posters and generic holiday/Christmas double-sided table tents.  Just need a logo? Please find…