In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, cider entries must meet the following standards:
• 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
Additionally, cider entries must fit within one of the following subcategories:
• Unadulterated Cider: Ciders made to showcase everything the apple can do when fermented, without the addition of prominent flavoring agents. Chaptalized ciders can be included here, but those made with sugars that have a significant impact on flavor should be entered into the Spiced & Hopped category.
• Unadulterated Perry: Perries made to showcase everything the pear can do when fermented, without the addition of prominent flavoring agents. Apple-based ciders with added pear should be entered into the Fruited category.
• Wood-Aged: Ciders and perries aged or fermented in barrels or on wood to take on significant barrel/wood character or the flavor of the barrel’s previous contents as a key flavor component. Please specify the barrel/wood type with your submission.
• Fruited: Ciders and perries made with added non-apple/pear fruits. Apple-based ciders with added pear and pear-based drinks with added apples should also be entered here.
• Spiced, Hopped & Other Flavored: Ciders and perries made with spices, hops, herbs, or sugars with significant flavor contributions (such as maple syrup or honey).
• Fortified & Ice Ciders: Ciders and perries fortified with spirits, pommeaus, and ice ciders.