Westons to turn apple waste into cider fizz
Westons Cider is to turn waste left over from pressing apples into CO2 for its ciders.
The producer says the move will remove 10,000 road miles from its supply chain annually and guard against a repeat of the CO2 shortages from third party suppliers that hit the industry in the summer of 2018.
The move will see the Herefordshire-based firm turn 29,500 tonnes of pomace – the leftover solids from apples pressed for juice – into fizz for brands including Stowford Press and Henry Westons.
Head of business development Darryl Hinksman said: “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.
“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 leftover 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.”
The scheme has been devised with green energy specialist Biocarbonics and local farmer Nicholas Layton, who have built a CO2 capture facility 10 miles from Westons’ Much Marcle mill.