Australian cider industry upbeat about future prospects

As they salute winners of the 2017 Australian Cider Awards

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As cider producers from across Australia gathered in Melbourne in late October to salute the winners of Australia’s largest and most prestigious cider show, anticipation for the beverage's future was high.

Industry peak body Cider Australia hosted the 2017 Australian Cider Awards Dinner at The Craft & Co in Collingwood where Cider Australia President Sam Reid said the organisation is proud of its achievements over the past year and thankful to finally have clarity on its future and where it needs to focus its efforts.

“The sheer weight of activity in the cider sector is inspiring – Cider Australia is working with Wine Australia and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia on the recently announced cider program under the Export and Regional Wine Support Package to accelerate cider export capabilities, and with levy body Horticulture Innovation Australia to implement a 100% Australian juice certification scheme for cider”, said Mr Reid.

“In addition, we feel we have now really landed the message with stakeholders at all levels of Government of the benefits that are gained by regional communities around Australia when consumers choose ciders made from Australian grown fruit”.

“We have taken the opportunity to postpone our annual cider festival this year and will instead convened a much needed Cider Industry Forum on Saturday 28th October.”

The Cider Industry Forum was a full day of industry development activities aimed at continuing to step-change the quality of ciders produced in Australia.

“The Forum concluded with the inaugural Australian Cider Awards Exhibitor Tasting, and event that allows entrants to the Awards to taste up to 250 ciders and learn and will help to improve the quality of ciders produced locally”, Mr Reid said.



  • Sydney (NSW)

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