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2021 ACA Board Candidates

By Michelle McGrath | February 1, 2021

As a 501C-6 non-profit membership-based trade association for the US hard cider industry, each year the American Cider Association holds elections for our board of directors. The board members play a critical role in governance and oversight as well as guiding strategic decisions. Our bylaws have established specific seats that include representation for regions and…

CiderCon 2021: Sustainability Leadership Action Group

By Michelle McGrath | February 1, 2021

This CiderCon session will take place Thursday, February 4, Noon to 1PM PST. This facilitated Leadership Action Group breakout session begins the process of exploring the practices and metrics that are – or could be— the call signs of a sustainable cider enterprise and industry. This interactive session kicks off with a brief orientation on…

Buy Cider Direct from CiderCon® 2021 Featured Speakers

By Michelle McGrath | January 15, 2021

While we may not have our normal tasting sessions at CiderCon® this year, you CAN purchase the ciders made by our wonderful speakers to sip on while you participate in a virtual CiderCon® from the comfort of your home. We’ve compiled this helpful guide (listed by session, cidery, and speaker) of where you can buy…

CiderCon® Mainstage Presentations

By Woodley Smith | January 4, 2021

We are stoked to have these 4 amazing mainstage speakers join us at CiderCon® 2021! Our mainstage is sponsored by Fintech. This engaging seminar will consist of a robust presentation of current market trends impacting craft cider sales. How was your business impacted by shifts in consumer behavior in 2020? How well did you adapt…

ACA Launches 2nd Annual Dry Cider January

By Woodley Smith | December 30, 2020

The American Cider Association (ACA) is once again launching their month long campaign called Dry Cider January to celebrate ciders containing 0 grams of residual sugar. The ACA hosts a dry cidery directory on their website to promote their members’ ciders. The association is encouraging others to join the campaign through social media with the…

ACA Board of Directors Election Announcement

By Woodley Smith | December 30, 2020

The American Cider Association is accepting nominations for joining their board of directors. Nominations are due January 22. These are volunteer positions with a three year commitment. Active membership of the association is one of the few requirements. There are three seats in this year’s election. Incumbents whose terms are up for renewal may choose…

Three February 2021 Webinars

By Woodley Smith | December 29, 2020

CiderCon Encore: Driving Organizational Change February 11, 2021 – 9:30 am Pacific Time Likely, you checked the Math to make sure your facility move, new software system, or acquisition was going to make or save your business money. Organizational changes can look good on paper but fail to deliver on the promise of increased profits…

New CiderCon Session: Fermenting with Quince

By Woodley Smith | December 29, 2020

Was Aphrodite’s Forbidden Fruit a quince or the apple? She’s not talking, but cidermakers will be at CiderCon®! Quince a.k.a. Cydonia oblonga is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae. Quince is a ‘pomme’ fruit with the likes of apples, pears, and medlars. This golden pomme is having a renaissance of…

BREAKING NEWS: TTB Approves Additional Wine Standards of Fill

By Michelle McGrath | December 28, 2020

In a special edition newsletter sent to subscribers on December 28, 2020, the TTB announced new rules regarding standards of fill. The additional volumes approved for wine are: 355 ml (12 oz) 250 ml 200 ml As all ciders are regulated as wine by the TTB, the above sizes are now being added as approved…

CiderCon® Session: Labeling of Hard Ciders Under FDA Jurisdiction

By Woodley Smith | December 23, 2020

Is your hard cider under 7% ABV? If so, do your labels comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling regulations? Join Keller and Heckman food and beverage attorneys Nury Yoo and Arturo Reyes as they discuss the ins and outs of FDA’s labeling requirements for these products. The discussion will also touch on…