ACA Board Elections

By Woodley Smith | February 2, 2022

Please meet the candidates for the 2022 Board of Directors! We will email active cidery level members their ballots Wednesday and they will close Friday. At Large Cidery Seat – 3 Candidates Christine Walter, Bauman’s Cider Company I know that an organization like the American Cider Association makes a thousand small decisions and hosts hundreds…

Craft Alcohol Marketing Bootcamp Giveaway from The Crafty Cask

By Woodley Smith | January 19, 2022

The Crafty Cask is kicking off their 2022 class of craft alcohol makers in their 10-course online Craft Alcohol Marketing Bootcamp and are offering ACA members a chance to win a giveaway (valued at $2,673). One ACA member will be selected to win this membership. Entries accepted through Friday, February 4th. Here’s everything that is included:  Lifetime access…

The Crafty Cask Giveaway

By Woodley Smith | January 19, 2022

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NEW! Additional Richmond Tour Added for CiderCon 2022!

By Woodley Smith | January 8, 2022

That’s right cider people! There was so much demand for tours that we decided we needed to add one more. A big thanks to the Virginia Wine Board and Virginia Association of Cider Makers for their work in planning this new tour! Now, what do you need to know about this new tour? Richmond Cider…

Nominations for 2022 ACA Board of Directors Open

By Michelle McGrath | January 6, 2022

Running for the ACA board of directors is a great way to get involved in lifting our industry up. 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 and candidates must be…

Q3 Trends Available for Download

By Woodley Smith | January 5, 2022

Q3 reports are available for download as part of your ACA membership benefits. Regional cider brand sales were up 11% for year over year comparisons of Nielsen-measured off-premise channels for the 52-week period ending with Q3. Total cider category sales for the 52-week period ending with Q3 were up 2% compared to 2019 and down…

ACA Receives Grant for “Year of the Apple” in Virginia

By Woodley Smith | January 5, 2022

The American Cider Association is proud to announce a new partnership with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded for $70,012. Starting in early 2022, the American Cider Association (ACA) and their partners in Virginia cidermaking and agriculture will launch “The Year of The Apple,” an…

Letter from Board President Eleanor Leger

By Woodley Smith | January 5, 2022

Dear Cider Friends – As the new year begins, I am reflecting on the special challenges our incredible industry faces. 2022 will inevitably require more adaptation to supply chain issues, inflation, labor shortages, and the ongoing impact of the pandemic on sales channels and business models. These conditions are impacting all sectors of the alcoholic…

CiderCon 2022 Health and Safety Guidelines

By Michelle McGrath | December 18, 2021

The American Cider Association is taking utmost precautions to create a safe CiderCon environment. Our health and safety guidelines require all persons present at CiderCon 2022 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 21 or to provide a negative PCR test within 3 days of arrival or to provide a negative antigen test within 24…

Advocacy Update: In Support of Harvest Dates

By Michelle McGrath | December 18, 2021

The American Cider Association (ACA) recently sent a letter to the TTB voicing the ACA’s support of a specific proposed labeling rule included in Notice 176, published in late 2018.  NOTICE 176 The notice contained proposed rules for modernizing wine (including cider), spirits and malt beverages labeling and advertising regulations. The ACA, many regional cider…