As interest in this centuries-old craft grows and cideries continue to emerge across the country, we are proud to give cider a category all its own. With the increased use of dry-farmed fruit and heirloom varieties, the beauty of the apple (and the pear) find expression in both our Apple-Centric and Flavored & Fortified subcategories.
The Good Food Guild relies on the expertise of the cider community to develop, revise and set standards for the category. As orchards and classic cider production evolves, so do our standards. Read on to learn what those standards are and meet the cider crafters of the Good Food Guild.
In order to join the Good Food Guild, cider companies must meet the following standards for at least 50% of their product line:
- Made in the USA or US territories.
- Made with ingredients that are grown or produced with practices that promote resource conservation and minimize synthetic inputs, including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers
- Made with fruit and other ingredients that are grown locally and with respect to seasonality as a top priority.
- Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
- Does not use fruit juice concentrates as a primary source of fermentable sugar (may not exceed 25%).
- Made by a producer that demonstrates a commitment to relationships with suppliers and customers in order to support and promote sustainability.
- Made by a crafter that is an upstanding member of the good food community, committed to equity and inclusion in all levels of their business,* as exemplified through integrating these practices:
- Creating a safe and healthy work environment where employees receive a fair wage, are safe and respected at work and have access to the resources they need to keep themselves healthy.
- Offering a diversity, equity, and inclusion training to staff members and/or leadership annually.
- Thoughtfully acknowledging the heritage of culturally-specific food on websites, packaging and/or marketing materials.
- For the small percentage of Good Food community that operates on a significantly larger scale, meeting additional criteria related to board diversity, maternity leave and employment practices.*
****Check if you are in the 2% of companies meeting the Good Food Foundation definition of large scale, and review the addition criteria on the Rules & Regulations page.