Preserving The Tradition

Early in the process a Cider Advisory Committee to the Michigan Department of Agriculture developed a set of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for cider production. MDA inspectors visited mills around the state with the most rigorous inspection and teaching program in the nation. In response, most operators upgraded their operations; some shut down voluntarily, while some new Michigan mills opened.

With growing public and regulatory confusion about cider safety, one mill owner perceived a unique opportunity. Richard Koziski of the historic 115-year-old Dexter Cider Mill in Dexter, believed that with a thorough review of existing practices, a better understanding of the Michigan's cider industry would evolve. This has resulted in the development of standard operating practices stressing food quality, training, and production practices over and above the traditional standards of excellence.

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