Aspall cider sold to US beer giant

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Aspall, the particular cider brand founded in Suffolk in 1728, has been sold towards the US beer giant that has brands including Carling and Burns.

Molson Coors mentioned it wanted to make Aspall the particular UK’s top-selling premium cider plus build on the potential of its vinegars.

The UK is the world’s greatest market for cider, accounting meant for 45% of sales.

Barry Chevallier Guild, chairman associated with Aspall, said the firm have been in talks with Molson Coors for more than a year.

The US company had the range and expertise to accelerate the particular growth of Aspall cider in the united kingdom and beyond, he added.

The volume of cider offered by Aspall in 2016 increased by a tenth.

Financial terms have never been disclosed, but the deal is definitely thought to value Aspall at about £ 40m including debt.

The company operates from a single web site in the parish of Aspall, Suffolk, where the Chevallier family first grown the orchards at Aspall Corridor.

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Image caption Henry and Barry Chevallier Guild are related to the family who seem to founded Aspall cider

Members of the family will keep play a role in the business.

Holly Chevallier Guild added: “There is indeed a opportunity to elevate and grow the particular status of English cider in the united kingdom and abroad both as a drink and as an excellent partner for foods. We believe that Molson Coors investment decision will provide the catalyst to grow Aspall and build the recognition for high quality cider worldwide. ”

The value of the cider market increased by a quarter between 2010 plus 2015 and is expected to continue growing in the coming years.

More than half of all apples grown in the united kingdom are used to make cider and the business supports almost 11, 000 work opportunities, according to the National Association of Cider Makers.

It is not the 1st time Molson Coors has snapped up a little UK drinks maker – in 2011 this bought Cornwall-based Sharp’s Brewery for £ 20m.

The company also runs breweries at Burton-upon-Trent, Tadcaster, Burtonwood plus Cork, Ireland and accounts for regarding 20% of the UK beer marketplace, with Carling the country’s top-selling beer.

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