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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."

Bridge Farm crowns May with Devon accolade

After a successful presentation of Bridge Farm’s special edition cider to Her Majesty The Queen, the Jubilee cider went on to win a prize at the Devon County Show. Bridge Farm’s draught ciders also fared well, sweeping the board with 1st Prize in Dry cider, 2nd prize in Medium and 1st prize in Sweet, the Sweet entry also went on to win Champion Cider of the 2012 show.

Everyone at Bridge Farm is celebrating being crowned Champion Cider at the show. It is particularly pleasing as 25 years have passed since Nigel Stewart won his first ever prize at The Devon County Show back in 1987.

The Staff are all feeling elated that the winning consistency of the cider at the farm has been maintained and honored with the presentation of the Champion Cider cup from the Devon County Show 2012.

In Search of Cider to be launched at B&W Show

Alan Stone's latest book In Search Of Cider will be launched at an event in the Orchards & Cider tent at the Royal Bath & West Show on 30th May.

Following an exhaustive (and possibly exhausting!) tour of cider makers in the four counties of the South West (Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall), local historian and cider aficionado Alan has compiled a veritable goldmine of information covering around 100 of the top makers in the region.

Alan hopes his book will inspire other cider enthusiasts to follow in his footsteps and discover the magical backwaters of cider\'s latest and greatest revival of modern times.

More information, including how to get hold of a copy, can be found at Alan's Somerset History website.

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