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Award-winning Ontario Cider Hits LCBO Shelves

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Design & Innovation General Cans Cactus Design Crown Beverage Packaging Fast Track Packaging LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) Niagara Cider Company No. 1 Dry Apple Cider

Niagara Cider Company recently earned a gold medal at the 2019 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition

With the tastes of Niagara showing in each sip, Niagara Cider Company’s No. 1 Dry Apple Cider is now available in the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario).

Hand-crafted with a proprietary blend of apples hand-picked from Niagara orchards, Niagara Cider is an ultra-premium beverage that recently earned a gold medal at the 2019 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, the largest and arguably most prestigious cider competition in the world.

“We like to describe our flagship No. 1 Dry Apple Cider as complex and crushable,” says Rich Houghton, co-founder of the Niagara Cider Company.

“What we have landed on is a true craft cider using local ingredients that is perfectly balanced between sweetness and acidity,” he adds.


Designed by Toronto, Ont.-based Cactus Design, Niagara Cider Company worked with Fast Track Packaging on the decorative shrinksleeves applied onto the 473-ml aluminum cans sourced from Crown Beverage Packaging.

The company started as a hobby project for Houghton, who was seeking a cider that suited his tastes, but was unable to find one on the market.

He joined forces with his hockey buddy Matt Dixon, who has a long history working in Ontario’s beverage alcohol sector, to develop an all-natural style of dry cider that is rare in the current market.

“The unique blend of climate, soils and geography allows Niagara farmers to grow some of the best apples in the world,” says Dixon.

“It was important to us to create a drink that shows off the bounty of Niagara,” he adds. “Using heirloom apples from orchards in our community, we have accomplished just that.”


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