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Thatchers has partnered with the University of Bristol in a project to identify varieties of cider apples, as it looks to create new varieties for future cider making.

The International Cider Challenge 2022 is now open for entries. The awards, which are in their 12th year, include tasting categories as well as design and packaging awards.

Nielsen client team leader Rob Hallworth makes some predictions for how shoppers are likely to behave this festive season.

Amber Beverage UK has agreed a five-year partnership to distribute Drynks Unlimited’s range of alcohol-free beer and cider.

Normandy cider producer Sassy has added a certified organic cider to its range

C&C Group is launching its first ad campaign in four years for Magners cider today, including TV spots around Love Island and Gogglebox.

Westons Cider has unveiled a new £3 million canning line at its Herefordshire mill.

Kopparberg is adding a Mixed Fruit Tropical Cider to its collection.

2020 was the biggest year on record for the off-trade cider category, according to Westons Cider’s sixth edition of its annual Cider Report.

Kopparberg UK is launching a Passionfruit & Orange Cider.

Sandford Orchards has invested £1.2 million into expanding its bottling and canning capabilities and developing and implementing a new branding strategy.

Thatchers Cider has released its new season Thatchers Vintage 2020.

Westons Cider has launched a special Covid-19 edition of its annual Cider Report and it said the research shows the cider category has proven itself "remarkably resilient”.

Brothers Cider said it has experienced “exceptional results” following the launch of new variants; Red Apple, Tutti Frutti and Marshmallow.

Heineken UK has rolled out its 100% plastic-free cardboard topper across thousands of UK retailers.

Thatchers is launching a new TV campaign, which will hit screens on August 17.

Nisa is supporting its retailers with a range of cider deals to drive sales over the summer season.

Little Pomona has launched Table Cider, a seasonal blend of apples that will be released in parcels in the year following each harvest.

Cider makers across the South West have launched a “cyber celebration” to mark South West Cider Week.

Beer and cider continue to be the “stand out performers” in the off-trade, with signs shoppers are now trading up to premium options, according to the latest data.

The World’s Biggest Cider Tasting will take place on May 2 via Instagram, with the aim of connecting cider fans and producers during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Thatchers Cider is extending into fruit cider for the first time with the introduction of Cloudy Lemon Cider.

Westons Cider predicts a “positive outlook” for the off-trade cider category, despite the current challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Westons Cider is expanding its Henry Westons range with three new variants to tap into interest in cloudy, rosé and organic ciders.

Strongbow is introducing Strongbow Rosé to tap into the ongoing trend for pink and rosé drinks.  

Westons Cider is to take on all sales and distribution responsibilities for Lowlander Botanical Beers in the UK.

Kopparberg is bringing out a cherry variant to add to its collection of fruit ciders.

Strongbow has unveiled its first “ultra-low” alcohol cider, with a 0.5% abv product aligned with its Dark Fruit variant.

Thatchers Cider has introduced its first alcohol-free cider, Zero.

Westons Cider is to turn waste left over from pressing apples into CO2 for its ciders.

The producer says the move will remove 10,000 road miles from its supply chain annually and guard against a repeat of the CO2 shortages from third party suppliers that hit the industry in the summer of 2018.

The move will see the Herefordshire-based firm turn 29,500 tonnes of pomace – ­the leftover solids from apples pressed for juice ­ – into fizz for brands including Stowford Press and Henry Westons.

Head of business development Darryl Hinksman said: “Thanks to our strong planning and sourcing credentials, we didn’t actually get caught out by last year’s shortage of food and drink grade CO2 ourselves.

“But with every chance of further shortages in future, we decided it was time to look for a more sustainable solution closer to home.

“By effectively generating our own CO2 from our leftover apple pomace, not only are we guaranteeing our own long-term supply, we are also meeting our own sustainability objectives.

“This will immediately remove 10,000 road miles a year from our supply chain, as we will no longer need to take deliveries of CO2 from further afield.”

The scheme has been devised with green energy specialist Biocarbonics and local farmer Nicholas Layton, who have built a CO2 capture facility 10 miles from Westons’ Much Marcle mill.