Westons Cider, the UK’s leading authentic cider maker, is putting some extra fizz into its sustainability credentials – by turning leftover apple pomace into the carbon dioxide that gives its market-leading ciders, including Stowford Press and Henry Westons, their added sparkle.
The Herefordshire-based cider maker has created a ‘complete circle’ for its CO2 requirements after seeking out a new sourcing solution following last year’s severe shortages, which left other major beer and cider producers without the ability to carbonate their drinks.
“Thanks to our strong planning and sourcing credentials, we didn’t actually get caught out by last year’s shortage of food and drink grade CO2 ourselves,” explains Darryl Hinksman, Head of Business Development at Westons Cider. “But with every chance of further shortages in future, we decided it was time to look for a more sustainable solution closer to home.
“By effectively generating our own CO2 from our left-over apple pomace, not only are we guaranteeing our own long-term supply, we are also meeting our own sustainability objectives. This will immediately remove 10,000 road miles a year from our supply chain, as we will no longer need to take deliveries of CO2 from further afield.”