The Ontario Craft Cider Producers have released their 2013 Economic Impact study.
A new study indicates that this is “a good time” to be part of the Ontario cider industry.
The Ontario Apple Growers and the Ontario Craft Cider Association (OCCA) recently engaged the George Morris Centre to conduct an economic impact study and develop a strategic road map for the hard apple cider industry in Ontario.
“The Ontario craft cider industry is now at a very important point in its development. It needs to take measured, strategic steps in partnership with apple growers and the provincial government. These strategic decisions will help it to achieve its full growth potential and to generate its full contribution to the provincial economy,” says Kevin Grier, Senior Market Analyst, George Morris Centre.
The study found the cider industry has a solid and stable supply of good quality Ontario apples for their cider production–and that’s got us giddy to the core!
“Cider is Ontario’s ideal industry: agriculture, manufacturing and tourism and it is green to boot. This study confirms the potential and we look forward to making Ontario the centre of cider excellence,” said Nick Sutcliffe, Chair, OCCA.
If the Ontario cider industry achieves projected sales of $35 million by 2018, the industry would have the following economic impacts: