Perry Cider – carbonator, keg washer and keg stock
Awarded £21,744 (40% of the project total costs of £54,362 ) of LEADER funding from Making it Local, to develop an existing cider making enterprise by adding a new Kegging line and associated equipment. The project includes the purchase and implementation of a new carbonator, keg washer and keg stock. Allowing Perry’s to package their ciders in 30 and 50 litre reusable and one-way kegs.
Perrys cider was established in 1920 by William Churchill, George Perry (the applicants) great Uncle. George took over the day to day running of the business from his dad, John. The business activity is primarily focused on the production of craft cider, specialising in making alternative ciders to the mainstream, by paying special attention to quality of ingredients, experimenting with wild and cultured fermentations, as well as using traditional and modern methods of maturation, including barrel aging. They also contract pack for other local cider makers, and have a farm shop, visitor centre and cafe on site. They are a micro business currently employing 8 fte.
The Project is to enable Perrys to expand; the equipment will allow them to reduce costs by automating the process which will in turn allow them to increase production by 33%. The applicant has undertaken market research which has given them the evidence to support their belief that the market and demand both nationally and globally is strong. They have planted 13 more acres of orchards which will allow then to grow more apples to meet demand.