Westons Cider is to turn waste left over from pressing apples into CO2 for its ciders.
The producer says the move will remove 10,000 road miles from its supply chain annually and guard against a repeat of the CO2 shortages from third party suppliers that hit the industry in the summer of 2018.
The move will see the Herefordshire-based firm turn 29,500 tonnes of pomace – the leftover solids from apples pressed for juice – into fizz for brands including Stowford Press and Henry Westons.
Head of business development Darryl Hinksman said: “Thanks to our strong planning and sourcing credentials, we didn’t actually get caught out by last year’s shortage of food and drink grade CO2 ourselves.
“But with every chance of further shortages in future, we decided it was time to look for a more sustainable solution closer to home.
“By effectively generating our own CO2 from our leftover apple pomace, not only are we guaranteeing our own long-term supply, we are also meeting our own sustainability objectives.
“This will immediately remove 10,000 road miles a year from our supply chain, as we will no longer need to take deliveries of CO2 from further afield.”
The scheme has been devised with green energy specialist Biocarbonics and local farmer Nicholas Layton, who have built a CO2 capture facility 10 miles from Westons’ Much Marcle mill.
Scotland's Arran Brewery has started the first commercial cider production at its beer production site in Perthshire.
The cider will be made in 1000-litre batches, the first of which is currently fermenting.
Managing Director Gerald Michaluk said: “I am very happy to see the site starting to take shape, a lot later than I would have liked, but with our first cider started I am confident we can get this project on track and launch our first ciders in 2020.
The Portman Group has urged retailers not to stock a cider brand called Suicyder that was produced by The Bearded Brewery in Cornwall.
Brothers Cider has reported 17% year-on-year growth thanks to new product releases and increased distribution for its existing SKUs.
Westons has launched a medium dry cider called Henry Westons Signature Vintage in a bid to attract a wider consumer base into the category.
The founders of Craft Beer Rising are launching a new beer festival called BrewLDN in February 2020.
Frosty Jack’s Cider has revealed new branding to recruit new drinkers to the brand.
Ramborn Cider Company, a premium craft cider and perry producer from Luxembourg, is launching its range of drinks into the UK and other global markets.
Kopparberg is launching a rosé cider and it is confident the emerging category will “take the UK by storm in the later summer months and into the autumn”.
Cider producer Aston Manor has reported a sales increase of 5% in 2018 though profits failed to keep pace, increasing by just 1.4%.
Cider producer Aston Manor said profits were boosted in 2018 by the hot summer providing a lift to sales while cost controls helped it improve margins.
Heineken UK has pledged to add new calorie and nutrition labels across all of its cider packaging, while it is also reducing the sugar content of its cider brands by 30%.
The results of this year’s International Cider Challenge have been announced and the Supreme Champion for 2019 is Karlau’s Sxollie Pink Lady.
Orchard Pig is the latest producer to add a pink cider to its portfolio.
A number of forces have conspired against the UK’s high-strength beer and cider category over the past few years.
Cider has a “clear opportunity” to introduce more shoppers into the category and there is room for both apple and fruit cider to grow in tandem, according to Thatchers Cider.
Minimum unit pricing has delivered a hammer blow to white cider in Scotland as sales have fallen off a cliff since it was introduced on May 1, 2018.
The off-trade cider category has enjoyed 5.3% value growth over the past year to reach £1.2 billion (IRI, year to February 2019).
Kopparberg has appointed former off-trade director Neil Robinson as its new sales director for both off and on-trade channels.
Thatchers Cider is set to release a new TV commercial, which will air for the first time on February 2, 2019.
Every year the International Cider Challenge recognises and rewards the wide range of superb ciders produced across the world.
Kopparberg producer Cider of Sweden has released a pair of low-calorie RTDs under a new brand called Balans Aqua Spritz.
Brothers Drinks has changed its name to The Showering Cider Mill to support its plans to introduce more brands into the market.
Lambrini has launched a competition to win a Mini Cooper, via a limited-edition bottle wrap promotion throughout major supermarket retailers.
French farming cooperative Agrial has purchased Kingstone Press and Frosty Jack’s supplier Aston Manor.
Magners has signed a four-year deal to become the headline sponsor of the Cheltenham Festival and it will lend its name to the meeting’s biggest race.
Magners producer C&C Group said the cider brand had put in a strong performance in the UK market in the year to February despite competitive pressure in its home Irish market putting a strain on profits.
Brewdog has bought the London-based craft cider maker Hawkes founded by Simon Wright in 2013.
Magners cider has been brought back into growth in the UK market after distribution in England and Wales was taken on by AB-Inbev in the first quarter of 2017.
Thatchers has unveiled a new look for its Katy varietal cider. The revamped label is being introduced to coincide with the 21st harvest for the apple at Thatchers’ Myrtle Farm in Somerset.
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