Somerset cider maker starts exports to Russia

A small family cider maker in Somerset has begun exporting to Russia after a "random" phone call from a Russian landlord.

Image: Pixabay
Image: Pixabay

Hecks Farmhouse Cider of Street has been making cider for six generations but had never considered exporting, according to the company's Sandra Hecks, who said the buyer, who runs an Irish pub on the Russian-Ukrainian border, "had tried ciders in the area and really liked ours".

She added: "It was flattering but also daunting - we hadn't thought about doing this before." Hecks took an exporting course to learn how to meet the demands of overseas selling.

Meanwhile in Glasgow, a new not-for-profit business is using donated local apples to make bottled cider, then using the profits to support the creation of community orchards planted with Scottish heritage apple trees. Clyde Cider is the brainchild of John Hancox, a heritage fruit tree supplier and orchard consultant. It is sold through local independent retailers.


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