the first time since the 60’s more cider
apple orchards are being planted in Britain than are
being grubbed up. New figures, published by the National Association
of Cider Makers (NACM) this week demonstrate that the number of
cider producers has more than doubled over the last decade (from
200 to 480 producers nationwide).
season, Britain’s cider apple growers will
harvest apples from an area larger than 30,000 football pitches
(17,000 acres). Ten years ago, only 110,000 tonnes of British grown
apples were milled by the cider industry. This season that figure
will more than double to over 250,000 tonnes.
the NACM the cider industry is now worth more than £3 billion
per annum and accounts for 9% of the alcohol consumed in the UK.
Something like 7,500 rural inhabitants earn at least part of their
livelihoods from cider making.