Molson Coors-owned apple cider brand, Aspall Cyder, has invested $16 million to upgrade its 300-year-old facility in the UK.
Based in Suffolk, Aspall Cyder House has undergone a three-year modernisation project to make it more environmentally friendly, efficient and to increase production.
Molson Coors, which acquired Aspall in 2018, says the investment has helped to increase production by almost 60% to approximately 70 million pints of cider annually.
The project aims to keep up with demand for premium hard cider in the UK, and enable consumers to experience its range of vinegars and apple juices.
In addition to creating a new fermentation building, Aspalls also upgraded its wastewater treatment plant, allowing for wastewater to be treated on-site. The project also included the construction of a new weighbridge, enabling transportation trucks to be weight on-site prior to departure to reduce mileage.
Together, the treatment plant and bridge will reduce “local traffic by the equivalent of 800 tankers a year,” the company said.
“Aspall is one of Suffolk’s best-loved exports and one of Britain’s most distinctive cider brands. So, a fundamental commitment when we took ownership of the brand was to strengthen – and never detract from – its rich heritage,” added Phil Whitehead, Molson Coors’ managing director for Western Europe.
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