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Hard Cider

Penn State Extension offers resources for beginning and expanding hard cider operations and their support industries.

Currently hard cider sales in cities throughout Pennsylvania rank 3rd, 6th and 7th as the highest selling cider markets in the nation when compared to percent of beer market sales.

“This burgeoning market, who saw sales skyrocket 71% in 2014, is continuing a steady and sustainable growth trend for 2015 and 2016,” said Carla Snyder, Penn State Extension Hard Cider Educator. Compared with other food categories, cider is still soaring. With market trends following the craft beer market as well as the UK cider market, the U.S. cider industry is well poised to become a big player in the beverage arena and this means nurseries, apple growers and custom cider presses will continue to have an opportunity to participate in the hard cider market.

To address this growing industry Penn State Extension offers a wide variety of workshops and educational products to support the educational needs of hard cider producers and consumers engaging with this exciting value-added industry.

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An interactive producers guide to developing a hard cider business in Pennsylvania. This guide walks the user through a step-by-step process of licensing and registering a cider business under federal and state regulations. Links provided in the publication lead to pertinent forms, illustrations and resources to guide you through this complex process.

On September 29, 2014, an amendment was passed with the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to expand allowable revisions to your already approved hard cider labels. This will allow you to make quick reasonable changes to your labels without applying for a new Certificate of Label Approval or COLA.

Hard cider production is increasingly becoming an economically attractive value-added product in the apple industry. To be economically viable in the market place, producers must keep up-to-date on market trends as consumers adapt to and engage with this new industry.

In the literature covering hard cider production apples are typically classed as either ‘dessert’ or ‘true cider’ apples. Despite this dichotomy, some ‘dessert’ varieties are reported to be useful for cider.

As demand for hard cider grows so does search for cider variety apples. The study and associated enterprise budgets conducted and designed by Virginia Tech enable you to enter detailed information about your own existing or planned operation to understand more about your bottom line. These tools are designed as educational resources to aid in decision making regarding the establishment of your cider variety orchard whether it is a new addition to your existing orchard business or a new stand alone endeavor.

On September 29, 2014 An amendment was passed with the alcohol tobacco tax and trade bureau to expand allowable revision to your already approved hard cider labels. This will allow you to make quick reasonable changes to your labels without applying for a new Certificate of Label Approval or COLA.

On January 1, 2017 the Cider Act went into effect. This act changes how cider is classified for federal taxation purposes and will lower the tax structure for many cider makers. Take a look at the video below to see how tax changes could affect your business and individual products.

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