Thatchers Cider has commissioned its first canning line at its Myrtle Farm headquarters, as part of an £8.3m investment.

The KHS canning line can fill 30,000 cans an hour and it includes a bespoke packaging machine that offers Thatchers brand new pack designs as well as their traditional formats.

Fourth generation cidermaker Martin Thatcher said: “It has always been our intention to install a canning line and bring all our packaging, including bottling and kegging under one roof. With the growing demand for premium cider in cans, this is an increasingly important part of our business, and so by bringing the facility in-house this is a significant development for us.”

In addition to canning, Thatchers already has its own bottling line, which can fill, cap and label 20,000 bottles every hour along with a keg line that produces 600 pints a minute.

“It’s always our aim to produce the highest quality cider from orchard through to consumer. Having our very own technical and engineering teams installing, operating and maintaining the advanced packaging equipment is a very important part of this process.

“We have kegged and bottled our ciders here at Myrtle Farm for many years, and we are delighted to be completing our packaging capability by bringing canning back home to Myrtle Farm.”