Crunch time: The UK's largest cider mill on our doorstep
David Drew MP, and Shadow Minister for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, visited the largest apple cider mill of its kind in the world this month to find out more about Heineken’s west country Herefordshire cider production.
Heineken’s Ledbury Cider Mill processes in excess of 20 per cent of all the UK’s apples grown for cider.
During the short twelve week harvest season, the mill is run at full capacity for 24 hours a day, and processes over 100,000 tonnes of apples for Heineken’s ciders brands which include Bulmers, Orchard Thieves and the world’s number one cider StrongBow.
Harvesting and production was in full swing when David visited the orchard in Worcestershire and the mill in Herefordshire, both on the doorstep of his own Gloucesteshire constituency in Stroud.
David toured Martley Orchard with farm manager Rob Holloway and orchard operations manager Ben Moss, before visiting Heineken’s Ledbury Cider Mill, the largest of its kind in the world.
Ben Moss, Heineken’s Orchard Operations Manager said:
“We really enjoyed welcoming David to Ledbury cider mill. Our cider milling process is a combination of craft, heritage and dedication at the heart of Herefordshire local community. Heineken is the biggest cider producer in the world and cider is a vital part of our business. We are committed to the future of a sustainable apple supply in Herefordshire and welcome the support of all our key local and national stakeholders.”
David Drew, Labour MP for Stroud constituency, said:
“It really was a fascinating visit. Apples and cider production have long-established roots here in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, quite literally.
“It was great to see it continuing to flourish here and find out more about production, including traditional harvesting methods such as shaking the trees. There were some beautiful eating apples, all bound for Bulmers cider!”