Hard cider producer Potter’s Craft Cider is relocating and expanding its cidery production in Charlottesville, Virginia. The $900,000 project is expected to create eight jobs.
The company is undertaking adaptive reuse of a vacant, 11,500 square-foot warehouse in the historic Woolen Mills District. The investment will triple production capacity leading to the purchase of an additional 1.5 million pounds of Virginia-grown apples over the next three years.
“We are entering an exciting new chapter for Potter’s Craft Cider and are thrilled to be moving into a new production facility,” said Potter’s Craft Cider co-founder Tim Edmond. “We have immense gratitude for the support we have received from our community, the Commonwealth, and Albemarle County.”
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) partnered with Albemarle County to secure this project for Virginia. Governor Youngkin announced a discretionary award of $50,000 from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund, which is administered by VDACS. Albemarle County and the Albemarle County Economic Development Authority will match the grant with local funds.
“Potter’s Craft Cider’s commitment to supporting local growers and crafting innovative beverages inspire Virginians to celebrate the rich heritage of apple production in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “We are thrilled for their expansion as the cider they produce attracts individuals from near and far to get a taste of Virginia and experience the unparalleled ambiance life here offers.”
Potter's Craft Cider makes farmhouse-style hard ciders using local Virginia apples and traditional production methods.
“Virginia is proud to be one of the nation’s top apple-producing states and operations like Potter’s Craft Cider strengthen Virginia’s apple industry by creating new markets for our growers and raising consumer awareness of both the remarkable variety and quality of the apples grown here in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Lohr. “This second major expansion of Potter’s Craft Cider is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its founders Tim Edmond and Dan Potter.”