Thatchers stresses commitment to quality fruit during growers day

Thatchers Cider has announced its Grower of the Year during its annual Apple Growers Day at its Myrtle Farm, Somerset headquarters, which drew 21 supplier growers.

Image: Thatchers Cider
Image: Thatchers Cider

Gill and Richard Trace were presented with the award, which recognises commitment to quality in the fruit they supply to the cider maker. The two supply six varieties of bittersweet apples from their North Devon orchards, including Dabinett, Ashton Bitter and Ellis Bitter.

Presenting the award, managing director Martin Thatcher said: "They deliver consistently high quality fruit, perfectly ripe and to the agreed schedule. They share our commitment to produce the best they can."

Gill Trace said: "We have a shared philosophy with Thatchers – we take great care of the apples in our orchards, and they only use quality apples in their ciders, so we work well together. We work hard throughout the year to make sure we produce consistently high quality fruit."

Thatcher added: "Our key message to all our growers is that the cider market continues to be highly competitive, and that having the best quality apples of our chosen varieties is crucial to the ongoing growth of the company.

"We like to use specific varieties of apple to create the characteristics we are looking for in our ciders, and are are happy to pay a premium for the right quality apples."

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