Bumper year for Thatchers

03 October, 2013

Thatchers Cider recorded turnover of £42 million in the year to the end of August as the summer heatwave boosted sales from last year’s £40 million. July was the company’s best month since the firm was founded in 1904.

Managing director Martin Thatcher said: “The hot summer, combined with sufficient rain to plump up the fruit, has meant we are bringing in a good quality harvest this year.”

This year £3 million has been invested in a new packaging plant to enable the company to upgrade its kegging facili- ties and to install a new canning line and second bottling line.

The energy-efficient building is powered by a biomass boiler and has solar panels and natural ventilation.

Thatchers Gold continues to spearhead growth, said the company, with take-home sales up 90% in three years.




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