Aspall plans expansion

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Cider maker Aspall has announced plans to double the size of its Suffolk plant over the next five years.Despite the poor summer sales of Aspall's...

Cider maker Aspall has announced plans to double the size of its Suffolk plant over the next five years.

Despite the poor summer sales of Aspall's ciders have soared by 80 per cent this year, and volumes have grown by an average of 65 per cent a year since its brands were relaunched in 2002.

In pubs, volumes have more than doubled in each of the last two years, driven by draught, and sales director Geoff Bradman predicts the format will overtake bottled in the on-trade some time in 2008.

Apple juice and vinegar sales are also in strong growth, and to keep up with demand the speed of the bottling line will be trebled and storage soace expanded. Production will be consolidated into one building to improve efficiency.

Aspall also plans to extend its organic orchards and is in talks with local farmers about increasing apple supplies.

"We have decided to accelerate development plans for Aspall and have set ambitious growth targets," said Barry Chevallier, director of the family business.

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