PORTLAND, Ore, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oregon State University's first-of-its-kind Craft Cidery Startup Workshop returns to Portland June 12-16. Modeled on OSU's successful program for craft brewers, the Craft Cidery Startup Workshop is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs launch their own successful business in the fast-growing hard cider category. The workshop is led by founders and cider makers from Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Seattle Cider and other industry professionals.
A number of factors have contributed to the workshop's appeal for participants from across the US, Canada and beyond. Johanna Lounsbury, project manager for OSU Professional and Continuing Education, cites the workshop's alignment with growing consumer demand and support from cider industry partners who have a vital role in shaping the participant experience.
"Our program's expert-led focus on the practical aspects of a successful cidery – from funding and infrastructure to production and marketing – ensures participants walk away with a roadmap for success in their respective local markets," said Lounsbury.
Workshop participant Chris Blanchard, who completed the inaugural OSU Craft Cidery Startup Workshop in 2014, has since opened Longdrop Cider Co. Blanchard's operation is now Idaho's first large-scale cidery.
"I don't know how anyone could start a cidery without doing a workshop such as the OSU offering. - those who attend can hit the ground running with starting a true cider operation- just like I did," said Blanchard.
By bringing together cider industry leaders and entrepreneurs like Blanchard, the Craft Cidery Startup Workshop is supporting individual business development and the growth of the hard cider market overall.
"Getting more new producers out into the market with good product is essential to a successful industry overall," said James Gunn, co-owner of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks.
OSU Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) provides online and onsite professional development for corporations, non-profits, government agencies and individual learners. In addition to highly customized team training, PACE offers a high quality catalog of in-demand courses in subjects ranging from web development to human resources, as well as exclusive workshops in craft beer and cider production/business, instructional design and more.
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