Farmers across the West Country say they are expecting the biggest and sweetest apple harvest in years.Read the full story ›
A local drinks firm run by four brothers has stepped in to save a Shepton Mallet cider mill, which used to bear their family name.Read the full story ›
The Shepton Mallet mill will carry on producing cider but only a fifth of the workers who had jobs there in January have survived.Read the full story ›
The European Commission had promised to review plans to remove a tax break which currently benefits small West Country cider makers.Read the full story ›
There's hope that some of the 127 workers due to be made redundant at the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill will be offered jobs by the Brothers cider firm.
C and C, the Irish owners of the mill, are closing the plant but today announced Brothers has bought a new bottling factory.
The sale includes the land and the buildings housing the bottling line which are located on Kilver Street across the road from the principal buildings of the Cidery. The Krones bottling line has capacity to produce 1.5 million bottles a day.
It says it's struggling to keep up with demand for its flavoured ciders and is expanding operations in Shepton but it'll be at least three months before it will have enough equipment to begin operations on the Kilver Street site.
- Read more: The history of Shepton cider production
Production of iconic Somerset cider brands ceased production this week at the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill.
The Dublin-based C&C Group which owns the mill has now stopped the production of the Somerset ciders Addlestones, Blackthorn, Natch and Olde English. Production will now be at Clonmel in the Irish Republic.
The cider mill is due to close in the summer when production ceases and the pulped fruit is transported to Ireland – the first 40 redundancies have already been announced.
A cider factor in Somerset has announced the first 40 redundancies as it moves to stop drink production.Read the full story ›
The Chancellor has announced more money for Cathedral repairs and visited Wells Cathedral today.
George Osborne also toured a cider factory to see how a drop in cider duty will impact business.
But leading names in the tourism industry here in the West have criticised the government for not doing more to help them.
Our political reporter Robert Murphy has the story.