Thatchers' apple-pressing target for autumn set to reach 500 tonnes per day

Thatchers Cider has revealed that it will be pressing 500 tonnes of English apples a day over the autumn to meet the growing demand for its range of Somerset ciders.

The Sandford-based firm has 72ha of orchards, 16ha of which are at Christon, nestled at the foot of Somerset's Mendip Hills.

Here, Thatchers grows a host of apple varieties, a mix of traditional and more modern trees, including well-known names such as Somerset Redstreak, Katy, Morgan Sweet and Ashton Bitter, growing side-by-side with older varieties such as Dymock Red, Porter's Perfection and Harry Master Jersey.

At the beginning of next year Thatchers will be planting a new 4ha orchard of 5,000 Katy trees at its Myrtle Farm in Sandford.

Managing director Martin Thatcher said the fruit it uses in its ciders arrives in the best-possible condition at the mill before being pressed. He added that Thatchers cider has invested a lot of time in making improvments to its mechanical harvesting systems to ensure that the apples are collected in peak condition.

"The quality of the fruit is vital to producing a superior end product, which is why we go to great lengths to ensure that our harvest is carried out with as much care and attention as every other part of the cider-making process."


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