Tiverton Cider Company – Aston Manor Cider Named Best In The World
Aston Manor Cider, the UK’s largest independent cider maker, which has a production site in Tiverton, has been lauded at a prestigious international award with its premium cider, Knights Malvern Gold, being named one of the best ciders in the world.
The World Cider Awards is an international competition that selects the very best in all the recognised styles of cider. Knights Malvern Gold had already been named the Best British (non-sparkling) cider in the first round of the awards this summer.
Knights Malvern Gold is a traditionally fermented, medium dry cider crafted with 100% fresh apple juice from a blend of bittersweet apples including Yarlington Mill, Harry Master’s Jersey, Dabinett and Kingston Black.
Gordon Johncox, managing director at Aston Manor Cider, said:
“We were thrilled when Knights Malvern Gold was named the best non-sparkling cider in the UK earlier in the year. To have the judges laud it as the World’s Best just a few months later is a testament to the skill, dedication and passion of our cider makers.
“After several years of investment in both our production facilities and product development, we are pleased to see how international recognition for our products is supporting the excellent reputation we feel is merited, given the quality of our operations and people.”
The World Cider Awards gave further accolades this summer to Friels First Press Vintage (sparkling medium) and Friels Hop Infused (flavoured hopped). Its mainstream brand Kingstone Press received a Silver medal in the sparkling medium category.
The medals for Aston Manor represent yet more success for its premium and mainstream ciders on the global stage, following a Gold, Silver and several Bronze awards from the International Cider Challenge and a Gold and Silver from the International Cider Awards earlier this year.
Aston Manor Cider
From Orchard to Glass, Aston Manor Cider is the UK’s largest independent cider maker. The company is 100% family owned with an ethos to deliver only the finest products.
The business is the only cider maker covering every occasion and every consumer with a portfolio of products spanning the breadth of the entire cider category. The products range from mainstream to premium ciders such as award-winning Knights and Friels First Press Vintage.
Working closely with retailers, Aston Manor Cider is also the UK’s leading producer of exclusive retailer and own-label brands covering all sectors of the category.
Dedicated exclusively to producing cider, Aston Manor has world-class accredited production sites in Stourport, Witton, Aston and Tiverton, and orchards in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The orchards have recently been expanded by 1,000 acres, adding a total of 400,000 new trees to the landscape by 2018 to support the growth and development of the business and its brands.
Established in 1983, Aston Manor Cider regularly wins awards for product quality, support for customers and for business performance.
Recent recognition includes a number of medals at the International Cider Challenge 2016, 2015 and 2014; Best Manufacturer (Large) at the West Midlands Business Masters 2015; Best Own Label Supplier at The Grocer Gold Awards 2013; being ranked on the Investec Hot List for 2013; finalist in the Excellence in Manufacturing category at the Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017; and being the only drinks business invited on the largest ever trade delegation, led by David Cameron to China in December 2013.