Maturing industry keen to have a voice in the Australian capital
11 Feb 2014
High level political talks and some more relaxed cider tastings will form the
centerpiece of Cider Australia’s AGM in Canberra this March.
A lack of integrity around labeling laws in Australia as well as the future of cider taxation will be key issues discussed during the meeting on Thursday, March 6, at Gorman House Arts Centre.
Once the meeting is complete, a `Tap Takeover’ and cider tasting event will be held in the capital to celebrate the growing popularity and diversity of ciders available. This is a great opportunity for Canberrans to try some of the high quality ciders that Australia is now producing.
Cider Australia President James Kendell said it would be in everybody’s interest if the Federal Government adopted a better legislative model to classify cider.
“We are looking to agree to a single definition covering cider and perry that will maintain the integrity of the cider industry into the future and provide consistency with international best practices,’’ Mr Kendell said.
“The discussion will also focus on labeling. We want to ensure that the consumer is able to make an informed choice based on what is on the label’’.
Without these changes, Mr Kendell said the Australian cider industry – which employs hundreds of people in small regional communities – was being disadvantaged.
Representatives of the Australian Tax Office have been invited to attend to present, discuss and hear from up to 30 Cider Australia members.
The formalities will be put to one side after the meeting, however, as Cider Australia hosts a Tap Takeover of all 12 taps and the fridge space at The Durham Hotel in Kingston on Thursday night.
While on Friday from 12-2pm, Australia’s biggest ever cider tasting will be held at Plonk Beer and Wine Shop, Fyshwick Markets.
“These two novel events will be a great, relaxed way to show off how wonderful Australian ciders are and hopefully an opportunity to celebrate a successful AGM and toast a bright future for this fantastic industry,’’ Mr Kendell said.
For more details or to arrange interviews/pictures please contact Cider Australia executive officer Jane Anderson on 0434 559 759, or visit www.cideraustralia.org.au.