Ontario Government Supports Craft Cideries to Celebrate Craft Cider Month

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TORONTO —The Governments of Canada and Ontario are providing support to Ontario cideries through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to improve their production technology and help expand their markets in honour of Craft Cider Month, which runs from June 1 to 30.

“Ontario Craft Cider Month offers a taste of the region’s crop-to-glass experience,” says Richard Liu, chair of the Ontario Craft Cider Association. “It’s an opportunity to discover the bounty of Ontario’s diverse apple-growing regions through an array of extraordinary ciders; cider-country tours along the Apple Trail; exciting cider events and delicious restaurant collaborations celebrating Ontario’s finest.”

Support provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership includes $130,175 for Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery to purchase and install an advanced glycol-chilling-and-piping system for cider production to help reduce energy-usage costs by 50 per cent and a new wetland-biofilter wastewater-treatment system to help reduce disposal costs and eliminate wastewater. The funding will also provide $70,661 for Fielding Estate Winery to purchase a new robotic press to establish three new product lines, which will help to increase capacity when processing apples for cider.

“Ontario plays a significant role in Canada’s growing craft-cider industry,” says Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “As Ontarians enjoy this year’s Craft Cider Month celebrations, our Government is pleased to support the province’s cider industry through investments to increase efficiencies, reduce impacts on the environment and offer exciting new products to consumers.”

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