South West of England Cidermakers’ Association

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SWECA's position on Minimum Unit Pricing

Statement by SWECA relative to Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP)

The South West of England Cider Makers’ Association (SWECA) issued a statement on 17th April, 2012 saying that the introduction of MUP might unfairly penalise cider makers and would not, in our view, address levels of alcohol misuse – though we recognise that misuse is a serious issue that does require positive action. Our position is unchanged.
Some comment and speculation recently suggests we are actively lobbying on this issue. This is not true. We are ready and willing to talk with any interested party about how this specific proposal or any policy suggestion might affect our members and the wider cider industry.

At this time we have not had discussions with any group or individual. When and if we do, we will listen to what people have to say as we are interested to understand the views on this topic. To date, in our view, the debate has been characterised by lots of heat, but little light – and that is not useful.

Improvements at Lawrence's Cider

John Lawrence at Lawrence's Cider has just completed a major piece of work extending his workshop and replacing his milling and pressing set up.

John exchanged a hydraulic Voran pack press and basic electric mill for a brand-new belt press and washer elevator mill, both by Voran.

Of the improvements, John says: "It should make my life a lot easier."

Big news at Sheppy's

A substantial new development including a new pressing facility and warehouse is coming to a conclusion at Sheppy’s Cider. The new pressing equipment includes a Voran double belt press, supplied by Vigo, which is being commissioned by engineers from Austria from 24th September. The development also includes a new warehouse which - from January 2013 - will house the company\'s relocated bottling and kegging lines.

Louisa Sheppy says: "We will be pressing approximately 1,500 tonnes this year and have outgrown the buildings which have accommodated the family business so well since 1917. The relocation and expansion into purpose-built buildings will allow for continued growth of the business and will improve efficiency, working conditions and production standards."

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