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When is cider not cider? – Cocobella Coconut Cider
4 months ago

When is cider not cider? – Cocobella Coconut Cider

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As we all know cider is made from apples. The best ciders are made from locally grown apples and nothing else. These are known as the real, craft, or proper …
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April Cider News
5 months ago

April Cider News

Time for a bit of an April cider news update. In Australia harvest is progressing nicely. Then there are the Cider Events. Read on.

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2018 Batlow CiderFest
1 year ago

2018 Batlow CiderFest

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The 2018 Batlow CiderFest is a two-day event featuring the Cider Industry Conference on Friday 18 May, followed by Batlow CiderFest street festival on Saturday 19 May. You’ll never guess whose speaking… Read More

Cider Australia supports WET rebate changes
3 years ago

Cider Australia supports WET rebate changes

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Press Release: Cider Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the Federal Government that it will restrict the Wine Equalisation Tax rebate (WET rebate) to genuine cider businesses that sell branded Australian cider and perry. Read More

Australian Cider Awards entries surge!
3 years ago

Australian Cider Awards entries surge!

The countdown begins for nervous entrants to the 2016 Australian Cider Awards as judges prepare to ‘blind’ taste an exciting selection of ciders and perries from Australia, the US, UK, Ireland, Spain and New Zealand.
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WET Rebate only on 100% Australian juice cider
3 years ago

WET Rebate only on 100% Australian juice cider

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Cider Australia has called on the Federal Government to refocus its Wine Equalisation Tax. In Australia, the WET tax is designed to help small local producers compete against the big players in the market. This is a tax of 29% of the wholesale value of wine. Currently Aussie wine, cider and perry producers are eligible for a rebate of up to AU$500,000 on the tax. For the big players this is “nice to have”. Not having it isn’t going to kill them. For the smaller players with a handful of staff this is the only way they can compete.

As it stands all Cider makers (excluding fruit ciders) are eligible. The Australian Government is trying to reduce the cost of the rebate to the Federal Budget. So Cider Australia is proposing to exclude cider makers who use imported juice or concentrate. The theory is if you want the rebate you must buy your juice from Australian growers. This will ensure the tax dollars from the rebate say in the Aussie economy. As the biggest players take the most rebate while using imported concentrate this adjustment would be a big saving. Craft Cider producers do not claim anywhere near the maximum $500,000 as they just don’t sell the volume.

Full Cider Australia press release after the break

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World Cider Day 
3 years ago

World Cider Day 

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The rapid growth of apple cider globally has encouraged the industry to introduce its own international event to celebrate the delicious drink.
World Cider Day will be held for the first time tomorrow, Friday June 3rd, with events and specials planned for venues across Australia. Read More

2015 Cider Australia Awards Results
4 years ago

2015 Cider Australia Awards Results

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Last night saw the awards ceremony for the Australia’s best ciders at the 2015 Cider Australia Awards. Last year, somewhat controversially, the top gong went to the British cider maker Thatchers with their Somerset Gold.  This year the top award stayed local. Willie Smith’s 18 Varieties limited edition taking out the Best in Show award.  Results After the break.

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