Ground-harvested fruit, with care, OK for cider use

The global cider market size was estimated at $4.33 billion in 2018, and is anticipated to register an annual growth rate of 3.1% through 2025. Fruit growers remain intrigued by the prospect of expanded outlets... more »

After fire, Riveridge expands cider facility

On July 3, 2018, a new cider production facility of Riveridge Produce Marketing in west Michigan burned down. Almost immediately, staff and leadership made plans for a stopgap measure to meet orders for the coming... more »

Cider contest win good news for Brown’s Orchard

Winning a regional cider contest was a bittersweet cap to the growing year for Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market. The Brown family grows on 216 acres in what cider manager Brett Krosse calls “the rolling... more »

Klein Cider Mill takes top honors in EXPO contest

Klein Cider Mill and Market of Sparta, Michigan was awarded first place in the 22nd annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dec.... more »

Trials test disease resistance of cider apple varieties

A set of trials at Michigan State University (MSU) is testing cider apples for toughness against scab and fire blight. MSU researcher George Sundin said more years of trials are needed before he reports the... more »

Year-round tasting room needs staff, space

An investment in year-round staff and expansion is paying off for Blake Farms in Armada, Michigan. Blake’s Orchard grows 45 different apple varieties on more than 500 acres and runs the Cider Mill and Tasting... more »

Cidermaker Vander Mill to invest in new machinery

Vander Mill in Grand Rapids, Michigan plans to invest in new cider machinery, with a helping grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). At a March 21 meeting, the Michigan Commission... more »

Cider association releases first-ever cider style guidelines

The Portland, Oregon-based United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) has adopted its first-ever set of cider style guidelines, an effort to assist in educating both trade and consumers about cider to make better sense... more »

Cider apple production faces extensive screening process

The questions about what apples are best to grow for hard cider continue, but Michigan State University (MSU) researchers are screening varieties to try to find some answers. “The cider industry is very new. A... more »

Growers seek best way to supply fruit to cidery market

Hard cider production is up nationwide, and it seems like you can’t turn anywhere without running into another story about the demand for apples to fill all of those bottles. Growers should think very carefully... more »

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