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Cornish cider maker scoops gold at national awards

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

By Olivier Vergnault, WMN Business Editor, Twitter: @OliVergnault

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A Cornish cider company has scooped two gold medals at the 2014 British Bottlers’ Institute Awards.

Healeys, Cornwall’s longest standing cider producer, was awarded Gold for their Rattler 4% in the ‘Ciders, ABV 4.0% - 5.4%’ category, which saw a total of 18 entries.

Their non-alcoholic Cornish apple juice received Gold in the ‘Fruit Juices - Ambient/Non-Chilled’ category, competing against 14 regional and international brewers.

Cornish Bite, Healeys’ apple juice-based energy drink launched in 2013, earned a Diploma of Excellence in the ‘energy, nutritional, functional drinks’ category.

Joe Healey, commercial director at Healeys, said: “We launched Rattler 4% last year at Boardmasters festival in Cornwall as an on-trade and session cider, so it’s fantastic to have gained such a prestigious award within a year.

“We brew our ciders with a higher concentration of fruit juice to create a greater depth of flavour.

“It’s great to know that our new and established products are welcoming industry attention.”

This year’s BBI competition attracted a record 180 entries based in the UK and worldwide.

A panel of seven judges assess entries based on blind tastings across two classes: ales, lagers and ciders and waters and soft drinks.

Healeys’ success at the BBI awards is the Cornish firm’s 43rd accolade across a range of competitions since 2001.

Healeys’ natural apple juice, which is sold alongside non-alcoholic elderflower pressé, won three Taste of the West awards in 2010.

Ed Binstead of the British Bottlers’ Institute, said: “Healeys did extremely well in some very tough classes, and there were some previous winners who they beat.

“It’s all down to quality; taste, aroma, colour, and where appropriate carbonation.”

Based on the family farm at Penhallow, near Perranporth, Healeys Cyder Farm offers a unique visitor experience attracting around 400,000 people each year with over 20 acres of orchards.

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