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 campaign to cut cider tax is being launched on Friday.
The South West Taxpayers' Alliance is calling on the Chancellor to abolish the Duty escalator, where the price rises two percent above the rate of inflation every year.
A similar duty on beer was scrapped earlier this year.
The campaign is being backed by a number of MPs in the West Country where the cider industry has been doing so well in recent years.
It's one of the best starts to a season in recent memory for cider producers who are teaming up with cheese producers this weekend for the Cider and Cheese festival in Somerset.
Cider-makers in the Westcountry are celebrating the best apple tree blossom in more than a decade.
Last year’s bad weather spelled disaster for growers and cider makers in the region after cold and wet weather devastated crops and crippled the harvest.
This year’s blossom has arrived around two weeks late – but is bigger and stronger than cider chiefs could have hoped for.
Neil McDonald runs Orchard Ground Force, an artisan cider producer based near Glastonbury. He said: “This is by far the best blossom I have seen in at least ten years. Last year was worrying – it started with a poor blossom and got worse from there. Around 30 per cent of crop was destroyed.
“In the last few days the trees in our orchards have blossomed beautifully. It means this year is looking exceedingly promising. We’re expecting a terrific crop in a couple of months."
Many apple farmers across our region are saying they're facing their worst ever harvest, all because of the wet summer.
Julian Temperley, a cider producer from Somerset says his harvest is 50% down on last year.
Cider makers say much of the industry will be destroyed if the Government goes ahead with plans to curb binge drinking. They claim the measures will lead to orchards being uprooted and farmhouse cider becoming a thing of the past. Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland has this report.