Treasury Minister visits Thatchers Cider

Martin Thatcher (left) with Damian-Hinds

Martin Thatcher (left) with Damian-Hinds

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Damian Hinds MP has visited Thatchers Cider today.

During his visit Mr Hinds saw this year’s cider apple harvest which is currently in progress.

Thatchers Cider, situated at Myrtle Farm in Sandford, North Somerset, expects to press around 20,000 tons of apples this season.

The Exchequer Secretary met Martin Thatcher, managing director and fourth generation cidermaker of Thatchers Cider.

Keen to see the apple harvest at first hand, and talk to cider-makers about the issues and opportunities facing the industry, Mr Hinds also met Fenella Tyler of Heineken UK, and Barney Butterfield of Sandford Orchards.

During the tour of Myrtle Farm, Damian Hinds also visited The Railway Inn, Sandford, which has recently been re-opened by Thatchers Cider following a major investment.

Having spent 18 years working in the pub, brewing and hotel industry, this was of particular interest to Mr Hinds.

Martin Thatcher comments: “Cider is a British favourite but we are an industry in need of support.

“This year’s 2% duty cut from Government was a welcome first step and as a result our industry has continued to make long-term investments which will ultimately lead to further opportunities for growth.”

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Damian Hinds comments: “Cider makers play a crucial role in our rural economy, particularly in places like the South West.

“That’s why I’m pleased that our action to support cider makers is seeing results.

“As we work with cider makers across the country over the coming months, we will seek to find ways to support them in the future and help maintain the wonderful choice and diversity we have in cider.”