At UKCider we believe cider and all alcoholic drinks should be bound by the same ingredients listing laws as any other foodstuffs. This would help to educate the public about what goes into making pure natural cider compared with the adulterated output from many well known brands. According to the industrial cider makers organisations, it’s the wine industry holding this back, so it’s always good news to see some parts of the wine world moving forward with additives labelling.
There is a movement in the wine business that says that all wines should carry ingredient labelling (see what Bonny Doon(1) are doing) just as most other food & drink products do. The question will be, will any consumer understand those ingredients, what they mean, and what the effects are? Are we defending the consumer, or simply confusing them “for their/our own good”?
Spotted yesterday at a trade tasting: Bonny Doon’s labels are now baring all and putting a full “ingredient” list. This is not a legal requirement but more comprehensive labeling for wine is a subject that is in play. While more information on labels is a probably good thing, it would be helpful to have some context about some of lesser-known aspects of winemaking. But maybe that’s what the internet is for, researching things like wine ingredient lists.