Thatchers Cider production cut amid CO2 shortage

PUBLISHED: 15:31 29 June 2018

The 'state-of-the-art' canning line at Thatchers Cider. Picture: Neil Phillips

The 'state-of-the-art' canning line at Thatchers Cider. Picture: Neil Phillips


Thatchers Cider is having to scale-back production because of a shortage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

A well-publicised national lack of CO2 is causing problems for brewers which use it to give their alcoholic drinks fizz.

The Sandford-based cider-maker has managed to keep up with orders, but it will be slowing down production because of the manufactoring problem.

Martin Thatcher, managing director of Thatchers, said: “This week we’ve worked hard to continue production of our ciders, albeit at a limited rate, and I’m pleased we have been able to maintain deliveries to customers.

“As a result there’s plenty of Thatchers cider at pubs and wholesalers, as well as supermarkets, so we’re unlikely to see people going without Thatchers Gold in the near future.

Michael Eavis and Martin Thatcher.Michael Eavis and Martin Thatcher.

“But we are regrettably now needing to scale back production further until we receive a new delivery of CO2 next week.

“This isn’t a decision we are taking lightly, and we’ve done everything we can this week to keep our deliveries as normal, so our customers still receive their supplies of cider during this busy period.

“Our gas supplier is doing everything they can to deliver to us, in what is a very challenging time for the whole industry.

“We’d like to reassure all our customers that as soon as we receive our next supply of CO2, all of us at Myrtle Farm will be working flat out to build up our supplies and get our ciders flowing out to our customers.”

Bars also use CO2 when dispensing lagers and ciders.

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