Juice business chosen to receive Eat: Festivals and Thatchers Cider bursary

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 March 2018

Sunbeams Juice Bar has been chosen to receive the bursary.

Sunbeams Juice Bar has been chosen to receive the bursary.


A juice business has been chosen to receive a ‘helping hand’ to branch out.

The organisers of Eat: Weston have teamed up with Thatchers Cider to offer a bursary to a new food or drink producer to help it develop.

Sunbeams Juice Bar has been chosen to receive support from the two award-winning businesses and a free pitch at next month’s food festival.

Sunbeams offers organic freshly-made juices and smoothies.

James Robinson, from Sunbeams, said: “We are really delighted to be awarded this bursary.

“As a new and small business we find other festivals’ pitch fees can be obscene and impossible for us to even come close to covering so we really appreciate this helping hand to get us moving.”

Festival co-organiser Bev Milner Simonds told the Mercury: “We want new businesses to benefit from the festival.

“By partnering with Thatchers Cider we are able to offer a chance for 10 of them to make their first steps into trading.

“We recognise we have an opportunity to assist in developing the skills, abilities and knowledge of all food and drink producers and we are looking forward to working with James and Lullu this year.”

The bursary is for food and drink producers who have not engaged in retail trade before and want to.

Thatchers’ managing director Martin Thatcher said: “When my great-grandfather first started making and selling cider, he did so on his own with a determination to succeed.

“No doubt had there been a local food festival in Sandford at the turn of the 19th century he would have been there.

“We are delighted to support Eat: Festivals through this bursary to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit among our fantastic food and drink producers in Somerset.”

Sunbeams will join around 90 other traders on April 7 at Eat: Weston which will be held in the Italian Gardens, High Street and Sovereign Shopping Centre.

The food festival, which will run from 9am-5pm, will be the first to see all products served in compostable, biodegradable cups in support of the Mercury’s Cleaner Coastlines Campaign.

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