The second Global Cider Forum will take place this September in Frankfurt.

The event, which was launched last year by the AICV, the European organisation for cider and fruit wine producers, is set to take place on September 6 between 9-5pm, at the Frankfurt School of Finance.

Cider producers from around the world, along with suppliers and those associated with the cider industry, have been invited to attend the event, which is expected to attract 150 participants.

The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) has been closely involved in developing the programme for the forum.

Fenella Tyler, vice president of AICV and chief executive of NACM, said: “The response to the first forum was so good that it was very easy for us to decide to continue this international event. This year we are expecting 150 participants from all over the world who can exchange ideas and practical tips for a whole day.

“We are particularly pleased that the German Federal Minister of Agriculture, Julia Klockner, has taken over the patronage of the Global Cider Forum, showing the importance of this market. She will give a talk on the eve of the Global Cider Forum on September 5 at a network dinner of participants at Flemings’ Hotel.”

Prim Minister Volker Bouffier will then officially welcome the delegates on September 6. The programme includes presentations on the development of the cider market in various countries, consumer trends and market research as well as the influence of legislation on the category.

Speakers include Paul Vander Heides, president of the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM); Tristan Horx of the Future Institute; Philippe Binard, secretary general of the World Apple and Pear Association; Daniel Emerson, founder of the Irish craft cider winery, Stonewall Cider and Kevin Baker, senior consultant at Global Data.