FDA Labeling and Nutritional Requirements

Speaker: David Whitman

Date & Time: Friday, February 3, 3:45-5:00pm

This session will cover what types of alcoholic beverages are subject to FDA labeling requirements, FDA’s labeling requirements for alcoholic beverages including mandatory information and optional or voluntary information, fortification policy, nutrient content claims, health claims and allergens.

Food Safety for Hard Cider: FDA Regulations and Exemptions

Speaker: David Whitman

Date & Time: Thursday, February 2, 3:30-4:45pm

David Whitman of the FDA will discuss the requirements, regulation, and exemptions that hard cider manufacturers must comply with and will cover some commonly asked questions. He’ll help cideries understand the ins and outs of what to expect from an FDA inspection of your production facility and how to ensure you are in line with the Food Safety Modernization Act. He will also touch on FDA labeling and nutritional requirements, but the main focus of the presentation will be food safety requirements from a beverage manufacturer’s perspective.

More Than a Beverage: Cider Category Performance

Speakers: Andrew Hummel, Mary Mills

Date & Time: Thursday, February 2, 3:30-4:45pm

Join category analytics experts from CGA, Nielsen IQ, and 3 Tier Beverages to discuss the state of the cidery industry, both on- and off-premise.

Actionable Strategies for Taproom Success

Ticketed Session: $49

Speakers: Andrew Coplon & Kary Shumway

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 1, 8:30am-12:30pm

Join us for an interactive workshop designed to help you see greater success in your taproom. Get excited to dive into fascinating data, learn how to turn metrics into financial gains, and get a better grip on your taproom finances. We will provide you with methods to create more memorable visits for your guests, more rewarding employment for your team, and a better understanding of your taproom finances. After this session, you will walk away with actionable strategies you can implement immediately to maximize your taproom experience.

Succession Planning for Small to Mid-sized Cideries and Orchards

Speaker: Clay Slaughter

Date & Time: Friday, February 3, 10:00-11:15am

Orchards and cideries are frequently closely held businesses where succession planning is part business planning and part estate planning with a mix of family and business assets. Attendees will walk away from this presentation with a clear set of questions to evaluate where they are in their business succession planning process and a roadmap for where they need to go next to ensure a smooth (and profitable) business transition.

Insights from the 13th Annual Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report

Speaker: Alex Koral

Date & Time: Thursday, February 2, 10:30-11:45am

Get an in-depth look at performance in the direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping channel in 2022, as well as trends from historical data and pre-/post-pandemic market behaviors.

This review from the publishers of the 2023 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report will include key data on volume, value, shipment destinations, and outcomes by region, varietals, winery size and price tiers.

An annual collaboration between Sovos ShipCompliant and Wines Vines Analytics, the Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report is considered the most accurate representation of the American direct-to-consumer shipping channel, with analysis and predictions that enable meaningful benchmarking for cideries that are engaged with or looking to enter the DtC shipping channel.

TTB Boot Camp for Cideries

Speakers: Janelle Christian, Michael Renz, Ronda Merrell, Nicole Candelora, Michael Warren

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 1, 8:30am-12:30pm

The TTB Boot Camp for Cideries will include the following sections in more or less one hour chunks: TTB overview/updates and permits (originals and amendments; records, operational reports & tax returns; formulas; and labeling (including information on how to label cider with spirits added).

Beginner’s Guide to TTB Forms

Speakers: TBD

Date & Time: Thursday, February 2, 10:30-11:45am

This session will include a step-by-step walk through of TTB forms including the winery operations report and permit application forms.

Retaining Great Talent: How to Use Inclusive and Equitable Practices to Reduce Turnover, Improve Engagement, and Avoid Disasters

Speaker: Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham

Date & Time: Thursday, February 2, 3:30-4:45pm

The “Great Resignation”, “Quiet Quitting”, and “Pandemic Burnout” have changed the American labor market in profound ways. Not only is it increasingly difficult to find great talent, retaining talent is a growing challenge as well. This is especially the case for small businesses with limited resources to invest in traditional wage and benefits packages. In recent studies by Deloitte and Fidelity Investment, millennials and Gen Z workers reported they would take a substantial pay cut for improved work-life balance, career development opportunities, positive company culture, and the opportunity to do purposeful work. 

In this seminar, Dr. J Jackson-Beckham of Crafted For All will demonstrate how Inclusive, equitable, and just business practices can help employers of all sizes develop and retain great talent by addressing the areas that younger workers are mosts concerned about. Attendees will learn about:

  • Non-traditional and affordable employee benefit and recognition options;
  • Career development when few avenues for promotion exist;
  • Strategies for assessing and developing organizational culture; and 
  • Using a values-driven approach to encourage employees to find and pursue purpose in their work. 

Alcohol Beverages and Cider: 2023 and Beyond

Speaker: Lester Jones

Date & Time: Thursday, February 2, 1:45-3:00pm

National Beer Wholesalers Association Chief Economist Lester Jones will examine where the Cider Industry and alcohol beverages has been and where we headed following a wild roller coaster ride in 2021 and 2022. He will present on a wide variety of data and insights that explain how consumers, retailers, suppliers, and policy makers view the industry. Participants will get a unique perspectives on the economic and demographic factors shaping the cider and alcohol industry in 2023 and beyond.