South West of England Cidermakers’ Association

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West Country Cider producers solve C02 problem

With the continued shortage of C02 for the beer and soft-drink industry, cider makers from the South West are ready to ride to the rescue. 

"Naturally still and flavoursome cider has been a bedrock favourite of the South West for centuries" Says Andy Atkinson, Chairman of the South West of England Cidermakers Association. "Kegged ciders are a fantastic invention, and help to keep cider firmly as a favourite on the pub tap - but still ciders, often supplied in bag-in-box are a great way to enjoy top quality local ciders without the need for carbon dioxide!"

"Our association represents over 60 producers across the region, and our website is a great place to start looking for a cider maker who can help solve the carbon dioxide blues! And who knows, you may even find a new favourite cider!

Winter Meeting: 2018 SWECA Champion Cider - Bob Cork

SWECA members gathered at Sheppy’s Cider on Thursday 15th March for the Winter meeting enjoyed a number of topical presentations covering HMRC conformance and Labelling requirements.

Bob Price, Policy Director for the National Association of Cider Makers gave an illuminating talk on MUP in Scotland and the Alcohol Structures Directive. Both will have significant effect on the English cider industry if and when they  are implemented.

During the meeting the annual SWECA Cider Competition took place. Thanks to judges Tim Stoddart of Burrow Hill Cider and George Scott from Rich’s Cider. The winner of the  SWECA 2018 Champion Cider was Bob Cork for his dry cider.

Many thanks to Louisa and David Sheppy for hosting the meeting and providing members with a tour of their cider mill.

Taste of Dorset Food Awards

Bill Meaden, owner and Cidermaker at Cranborne Chase Cider has won the Best Cider Producer for the second year in a row at the recent Dorset Food and Drink awards held at the George Albert Hotel near Evershot. 

Photo shows Co-director Adam Vincent, right, of sponsor Dike & Son, presented the award for Best Cider Producer to Bill Meaden of Cranborne Chase Cider

Congratulations Bill!

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