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What Is The Cider Institute of North America?

The Cider Institute is a non-profit organization...

made up of passionate cider industry professionals and educators with a mission to create a quality-driven and sustainable cider industry through education and research. This diverse group of individuals will help universities and training institutions develop curriculum and procure funding for research that will benefit the entire industry.

The Roots

The creation of the institute was born out of the rapid growth within the cider industry and the recognition of how little education opportunities exist to train new cidermakers. What has started as a casual discussion amongst colleagues has morphed into a more organized effort to drive forward cider education and research.

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The Growth

Beginning with a Foundation Course that is currently being taught through Oregon State University and Cornell University, the Cider Institute is developing concrete relationships with education partners to help them better understand the opportunities and risks facing the industry as a whole. Cider Institute Certification is offered as an option to all students completing these programs as a way to develop new talent from within the industry.

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The Future

The Cider Institute is currently looking for other education partners who want to get involved in either the Foundation course or developing new curriculum. Coursework that is currently being developed includes a master cidermakers course that builds on the foundation course as well as a cider business course to help people better understand cider business management.

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How it Began

The Roots

At CiderCon 2016 it was agreed upon to form the Cider Institute of North America in recognition of the need and demand for training and development of cider production skills.

This overall initiative is designed to build on the training provided in North America since 2003 by Mitchell F&D Limited's Cider & Perry Academy (CPAC) - a UK based training organization specializing in cider & perry production.

In addition to developing & providing training from foundation skills through to Master Cider Maker, this initiative will also look to facilitate and develop other mechanisms for skills & technology development & transfer.

To drive this initiative forward, an initial group board has been formed to include members of the North American Cider Industry, CPAC, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC). We have two education partners currently on the board from Oregon State University and Cornell University.

How it Happens

The Growth

The specific functions of The Cider Institute are to:

• Provide a mechanism to identify & prioritize training & skills development needs on behalf of the cider industry. From start-ups to established businesses (large & small-scale). Also acts in an advocacy capacity as appropriate.

• In conjunction with CPAC and training providers, develop a set of standards for assessment and registration fees for the various levels of certification.

• Provide accreditation and act as the Examination Board for cider production training programs. Certifications are awarded to those cider & perry producers who meet the necessary standards.

• Approve, oversee, advise, guide and liaise with training providers and tutors.

• Undertake an ongoing review of the training programs, assessment standards and certification being offered.

• Identify and support research into cider & perry production, pomology, orcharding and marketing.

• Approve, advise, guide and liaise with Skills, Knowledge & Technology Transfer Centers (SKTTC).

• Liaise with other organizations, institutions, suppliers and funding providers with respect to supporting this initiative.

How it Continues

The Future

In addition to the role that training providers and tutors will undertake, additional mechanisms will be developed and established for skills, knowledge & technology transfer. Based on a 'one-stop-shop' model operated in the UK and similar initiatives for other industry sectors, these SKTTCs will include:

• Pilot-scale cider production facilities & equipment for use in hands-on training and initial start-up incubation. The facilities can also be used for research and development.

• Consultancy and trouble-shooting services.

• Laboratory facilities to support production cideries as well as analytical testing services directly linked to cider research and quality control.

• An information hub and library.

What makes the Cider institute great?

The Difference

DIVERSIFIED

A wide representation from across North America, including small to large production businesses and other highly regarded institutions. Including: NABC, Cornell, OSU, WSU, Cider & Perry Academy, USACM

RESOURCES

Access to the best knowledge-base and research available.

COLLABORATION

Provides a unique collaboration between the cider industry and academic institutions  helping to bridge the gap between applied learning and science.

EXPERIENCED

Providing a connection between students and the world's leading authorities in cider production and research.

RELEVANT

The Cider Institute is steered by the industry for the industry. This provides appropriate training for budding cidermakers to gain employment and start successful cider operations.

CERTIFICATION

The Cider Institute provides the only certification for cider production in the world.

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We exist to help grow the cider industry. We want to do this by helping you develop. That means we want to hear from you. Have questions? Interested in taking part in Cider Institute training or testing? Just drop us a line. You can use the form here or the information below.

OUR ADDRESS
189 South Liberty Street NE
Suite 301
Salem, OR 97301

EMAIL
info@ciderinstitute.com

Experts from every part of the industy

OUR Passionate TEAM

NICK
GUNN
President

CIDER Consultant - OREGON

Peter
Mitchell
VICE PRESIDENT

Cider & Perry Academy -
UNITED KINGDOM

David
Bauermeister
TREASURER

Director - NABC -
Washington

Ryan
Burk

Angry Orchard CIDER Company -
New York

Brad
PAGE

Colorado CIDER COMPANY
COLORADO

Charlotte
Shelton

Albermarle Ciderworks
VIRGINIA

Kent
FitzGerald

Henry Wine Group
California

Drew
Zimmerman

Consultant
WASHINGTON

CHRIS
GERLING

Cornell University
New York

Paul
Vander Heide

Vandermill Cider Co.
Michigan

Kristen
NeedHAM

SEA CIDER
British ColUmbia

Jessica
JUST

Oregon State University
OREGON
A DIVERSIFIED TEAM

OUR PARTNERS