Antiracism, Equity & Inclusion

As a trade association, one of our roles is to research, curate and share resources relevant to the cider industry. That's why we're researching and sharing antiracism resources with our members. Below you will find a list of articles, podcasts, movies and more related to the topic of racism in the food and beverage industries*. We'll be adding to this page monthly. Have a resource you'd like us to see? Please email us and let us know. 

We thank our Diversity Committee for volunteering their support in helping us do this difficult work. Learn more about our committees and our organizational statement of intent regarding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the cider industry.

*We do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. The views, information, or opinions expressed in these external links are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the American Cider Association.

Podcasts

Farming While Black, Point of Origin Podcast
The Point of Origin podcast is a project of Whetstone Magazine, a magazine that focuses on global food culture and origins. In these two episodes, podcast host Stephen Satterfield discusses the traditional narratives around African Americans and farming and interviews Black farmers and scholars who are challenging those narratives.

Cider Coast to Coast, Point of Origin Podcast
In this episode listeners meet Megan Larmer, who is the Director of regional food at the Glynwood Center for regional foods and farming, Robbie Honda, owner and cidermaker at Tanuki Cider, and Olivia Maki* and Mike Reis of Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop.

Uncorked – Conversations on Race and Wine with Julia Coney, Food Blogger Pro Podcast
In this podcast, Coney shares her history in the wine industry and digs into conversations around race in the wine world. A powerful point in the conversation centers around the idea that handling race relations is an unspoken part of her job by simply being Black in a white industry and the weight that carries for Black professionals.

On Diversity of Inclusivity in Hospitality, Radio Imbibe
In this podcast episode, Radio Imbibe speaks with John deBary, Lia Jones, and Samara Rivers. Topics covered include diversity in the spirits and cocktail industry, accountability following statements in support of Black Lives Matter, and bridging the gap between consumers and producers.

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, Vox Media

This six-part podcast series (five episodes have been released) digs into the history of racial injustice in the US. Hosts Carvell Wallace and Jeffery Robinson unpack the conscious foundation of white supremacy that this country was built upon and how it exists in our daily lives today.

Movies, Videos & Television Series

Red, White and Black: The Oregon Wine Story
This documentary by Black winemaker Bertony Faustin highlights the story of minority winemakers in Oregon and the challenges they have faced in their predominantly white industry. This documentary showcases the barriers faced, struggles overcome and also social awareness they raise with and within their work

The Learning Series, Dr. Cheryl Ingram
The Learning Series is a collection of short YouTube videos by Diverse City, a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm in Seattle, Washington. While these videos are not directly about the alcohol industry, they are a great primer for beginning to understand antiracist work in professional settings. The videos range from 1 to 15 minutes and cover topics ranging from implicit and explicit bias to cultural appropriation to microaggressions.

Creating a Racially Equity Future as Inclusive Leaders, Korn Ferry

Don’t Talk, Do is the name of the series we have been watching by the consulting group Korn Ferry. In this webinar, host Ayana Parsons speaks with four CEOs about their approaches towards inclusive leadership and racial equitability. Leaders from Prudential, American Water Works, Walker & Company Brands, and Korn Ferry share their strategies to create antiracist companies and communities.

Start by Telling the Truth: A Virtual Panel on Reparations and the Finger Lakes Cider Industry, YouTube.

Hosted by Melissa Madden and Autumn Stoscheck, this video discusses generational wealth, white privilege, land access, and other topics that touch on the need for reparations to BIPOC communities.

Uncorked, Netflix

Uncorked is a fictional movie that follows a young Black man on his journey to become a Master Sommelier. Uncorked was written and directed by Prentice Penny and stars a predominantly Black cast in a wide range of roles.

Articles, Blogs & Books

3 Black Wine Experts On Diversity, Representation And Inclusion Within The Industry, Forbes
This piece addresses the barriers Black winemakers face in their industry, how to address the low number of Black individuals in wine and broader topics like inclusivity in tasting rooms.

This first person account from J'nai Gaither shares her experiences with racism working in Napa Valley.

Brewing in America: The nation's craft beer industry has a diversity problem but it's trying to fix it is a USA Today article that explores the demographics of the craft beer industry and the root causes that led to them.

It’s Time To Decolonize Wine, PUNCH In this piece, sommelier Miguel de Leon shares his experiences of racism as a Filipino in the wine industry. His analytical writing is interspersed with first-person stories of racist situations he found himself in.

The Time Is Now, Understanding the Origins of the Beer's Inequity, By Mike Jordan with Contributing Editor, Beth Demmon for Good Beer Hunting. This is Part One of a three-piece series regarding racial inequity in the beer industry. It explores both historical causes as well as current impacts of COVID and Pandemic-relief funds. 

The Face Of America Is Changing, by Tanya Mosley and Allison Hagan for WBUR News Station. An interview with Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Bevel. Bevel sells hair and skin products specifically designed for Black men and his interview centers around the impact of marketing and selling products to underrepresented communities.

Black Wine Professionals Demand to Be Seen, New York Times. In this article, Eric Asimov (the wine critic for the New York Times) profiles nine Black wine professionals in fields ranging from education to publishing to winemaking. He shares their experiences to foster deeper conversation and understanding among their white peers in the wine world.

How We Use Beer to Celebrate and Promote Latino Culture, Thrillist. Though Raíces Brewing has only been open in Denver for a year, it’s impact on the community has been huge. Not only does the brewery work to convert Latinos to the craft beer market, but it also celebrates Latin American heritage every day through art, food, and discussion.

The Time Is Now, Part One — Understanding the Origins of Beer’s Inequity, Good Beer Hunting. This article is the first part in a series and it begins with a history lesson from Mike Jordan digging into understanding the origins of beer’s inequity.

The Time is Now, Part Two - Why Beer's Culture and Workplace Practices Must Change, Good Beer Hunting. Toni Boyce addresses the culture within beer and racist marketing and sales strategies.

The Time is Now, Part Three - Why Inclusion, Equity and Justice Could Determine Whether Breweries Flourish or Fail, Good Beer Hunting. Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham makes the case for diversity, equity and inclusion not just as a moral decision but also as a smart business decision.

An Apple Commons, MALUS. Written by Melissa Madden, a cidermaker and writer based in Ithaca, New York, this piece delves into the history of the Finger Lakes National Forest.

Social Media

Tiffanie Barriere (@thedrinkingcoach) (Instagram)
Tiffanie Barriere is an award-winning bartender and social historian. On her feed she regularly shares history lessons, background research and social context for topics in the beverage industry and beyond.

Crafted for All (LinkedIn)
This LinkedIn page is full of tools a cidery can use to measure and evaluate your own progress toward creating an equitable and inclusive environment for your employees and your customers. Crafted For All is directed by J Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D., a former college professor, scholar, writer, and equity and inclusion strategist who provides consulting and training to individuals and organizations in the craft beverage industry.

Black Wine Professionals (@blackwineprofessionals) (Instagram)
Founded by Julia Coney, Black Wine Professionals is a resource for wine industry employers and gatekeepers, professionals, and the food and beverage community. One of the best parts of their feed (and website) is their comprehensive list of Black professionals broken down by category so you can find and follow writers, speakers, sommeliers, importers, retailers, bloggers and more.

Open Wine Forum (@OpenWineForum) (Instagram)

Open Wine Forum is a new organization aimed at helping to create a more diverse, creative and fairer wine world. Generating more access for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ persons and self-education are the two driving missions of this organization.

Rachel Cargle (@rachel.cargle) (Instagram)

Rachel Cargle is a public academic, writer, and lecturer. Her activism and academic work provide intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.


*Disclosure: Olivia is a volunteer on our diversity committee.