Sheppy’s Cider Ltd is in the process of rapid expansion in response to the growing national and world-wide popularity of its apple-based drinks. Investment of more than £1.5 million since 2012 has gone into new equipment and machinery and updating pressing, bottling and kegging halls. It continues at Three Bridges Farm this month when the company takes delivery of 4 more huge storage tanks, adding to the 2 already installed. To keep pace with demand a new orchard has been planted taking the total at the farm to 70 acres.
Sheppy’s now presses a staggering 1,800 tonnes of cider apples each year for its own branded products and for cider bottled under other labels, sending Somerset cider as far away as Thailand and China. The new storage tanks will hold thousands of gallons of pressed and fermented juice before it is blended and bottled. And there’s further expansion in the pipeline, to include a further orchard and even more storage.
Much of the investment in new plant and equipment has benefitted local suppliers injecting capital into the economy, although the new tanks themselves come from Germany.
Following a recent visit to Sheppy’s, prospective Conservative MP Rebecca Pow said, “Sheppy’s Cider Ltd is a shining example of a long standing, traditional business in Taunton Deane which is building on its roots. The future for cider apples here certainly looks rosy! I am pleased to see businesses like this growing and playing an important part in the local economy.”