Musselman’s Apple Cider Crowned PA’s “Best of Fall” Winner

After three weeks of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s bracket-style contest where voters weighed in on X and Instagram with their PA fall favorites, Musselman’s Apple Cider was awarded the title of being the “Best of Fall” in the Commonwealth.

Musselman’s, a company within Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc., is part of a grower-owned cooperative made up of approximately 100 Pennsylvania farming families. Since 1907, those families have nurtured 15,000 acres of fruit orchards to produce apple products – including the “Best of Fall” winning cider – that can be purchased by customers both in grocery stores and online.

Musselman’s won in a championship round face-off with the statewide, timeless fall pastime of apple picking. The “Best of Fall” contest garnered thousands of votes across X and Instagram, with close to 200,000 impressions on both social media platforms. Knouse Foods team members celebrated their victory with a visit to the PA Chamber’s offices, where they toasted the occasion with its award-winning cider.

“Congratulations to Musselman’s and Knouse Foods, whose hard-working apple farmers are well-deserving of this honor and, given that both apple cider and apple picking both made it to the championship round, are clearly loved by Pennsylvanians,” PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein said.

“We were thrilled to hold this contest as a celebration of everything fall across our Commonwealth,” Bernstein continued. “From our fairs and festivals, to the foods, beers and ciders, and the fall experiences that residents and visitors to Pennsylvania can engage in – there’s so much the Keystone State has to offer. We were proud to have spotlighted 32 of the best brands and experiences that make Pennsylvania stand out during this time of year and look forward to continuing the tradition next year.”

“On behalf of our Grower-owners and employees, Knouse Foods is thrilled that our Musselman’s Apple Cider was voted as the winner in the PA Chamber’s ‘Best of Fall’ competition,” said Rich DiFrischia, Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc.’s CEO.

“It all starts in our Growers’ orchards, with their passion and commitment to growing the finest apples, and then our dedicated employees working to make them into delicious and nutritious products. We’re going to celebrate this victory by offering a sweepstakes for a VIP visit to one of our family farms, giving some lucky folks the opportunity to experience our generational heritage firsthand, and seeing what truly makes Musselman’s unique and exceptional.”

The full list of the 32 nominees in the PA Chamber’s inaugural “Best of Fall” contest included:


Food & Beverage

PA Dutch Apple Pie

Tastykake Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts

Sheetz Pumpkin Pie Latte

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins

Mad Mex Gobblerito

Dietz & Watson Oktoberfest Sausage

Musselman’s Fresh Pressed Apple Cider

Duck Donuts “Sweet as Pie” Donut Assortment


Beer & Cider

Tröegs Master of Pumpkins Ale

Penn Brewery Pumpkin Roll Ale

Yards Unter Dog Oktoberfest Lager

Block House Brewing Pumpkin Ale

Victory Festbier

Wynridge Cider Co. Apple Cider Donut

Erie Brewing Co. Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale

Yuengling Oktoberfest


Fairs & Festivals

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Autumn Leaf Festival

Bloomsburg Fair

Fort Ligonier Days

Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival

National Apple Harvest Festival

Bedford Fall Foliage Festival

Historic Bethlehem Apple Days


Fall Experiences

Penn State Football Whiteout

Pitt Football Backyard Brawl

Apple Picking

Appalachian Trail Hike

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Hersheypark Halloween

Philadelphia Eagles Game

Pittsburgh Steelers Game


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