Cider Trends Summit 2015: Exciting speaker line-up confirmed

By Mike Berry contact

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This year's summit takes place in Bristol on 7 July
This year's summit takes place in Bristol on 7 July

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A raft of exciting speakers have been lined up for this year’s Cider Trends Summit — the Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s dedicated cider category event.

Topping the bill are two respected international cider makers from the US and Australia, alongside key producers from the UK.

The must-attend summit is a one-day event designed to bring the industry together to discuss some of the key challenges facing the category, how cider makers can exploit new opportunities and to provide pointers as to what the future might hold.

Mike Beck, owner of Uncle John’s Cider Mill in Michigan and president of the US Cider Association, will deliver a keynote presentation on the health of the market Stateside and the trends driving its growth.

Read an exclusive Q&A with Mike Beck

Alongside this, brewer and cider maker Warwick Billings, owner of Lobo Cider in the Adelaide Hills and vice-president of Cider Australia will discuss the burgeoning Australian market and its growing appeal to drinkers Down Under.

Other highlights include:

  • Q&A with Martin Thatcher​, chair of the National Association of Cider Makers, on the latest industry hot topics
  • Sam Fielding​, innovation director at headline partners Heineken UK — the world’s biggest cider producer — on how the industry can work together to grow the cider category
  • Exclusive research analysis, specifically for this event, from Chris Wisson​, senior drinks analyst at Mintel
  • Geoff Bradman​, head of sales at Westons on the continued rise of premiumisation and its impact on the industry
  • Stephen Lyle​, owner of Bristol’s Apple Cider Boat, winner of Best Cider Pub at the Great British Pub Awards 2014, on riding the wave of consumer cider interest
  • Brand building panel featuring Henry Chevallier Guild​ (Bhai Cider), Simon Wright​ (Hawkes Urban Orchard) and Barny Butterfield​ (Sandford Orchards)

For a list of speakers and details visit www.cidertrendssummit.co.uk.

Who's it for?

The summit is a forum for senior decision makers within the cider industry. Those attending will include a mix of senior level pub company buyers, retailers, brand owners, plus cider makers large and small.

This year’s event will be held at a new venue in Bristol — the Marriott city centre hotel, on Tuesday 7 July. Places at the event are limited, so secure your ticket today.

The Cider Trends Summit is supported by headline partners Heineken UK.

For booking and further details contact Jo Horton​ or call 01293 610403.

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