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Sheppy's Cider - Belt press, CIMEC automatic bottling line & 300,000 litres of Speidel tanks

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About Sheppy's Cider

The Sheppy family have been making cider for over 200 years and the awards they have won exceed this number, so the accolade of ‘craftsmen cidermakers’ is well earned. Awards include gold in CAMRA’s National Cider & Perry Awards 2014 for their Medium Draft and silver in The International Cider Awards 2015 for their Somerset Draught. See below to read more about the Sheppy's brand.

Sheppy's Cider's Requirement

To keep up with increased demand for their premium quality craft cider, Sheppy’s Cider upgraded their pressing equipment and bottling line.

The Solution

Vigo supplied and commissioned a Voran apple milling and pressing system capable of pressing up to 6,000kg/hr (BP1200 ExPress belt press) and a bottling line, consisting of a CIMEC automatic 16 valve counter pressure filling machine with rinsing and capping functions. Capable of filling up to 3,000 bottles per hour, this machine was supplied with change parts to accommodate 3 sizes of bottle. Vigo also supplied an additional 300,000 litres of Speidel stainless steel tanks to provide additional fermentation capacity.

Feedback

David Sheppy gave the following feedback:

Why did you choose Vigo? 'Vigo is an excellent local company specialising in supplying machinery and services to the drinks industry, with a good reliable engineering team to back them up.'

How satisfied are you with the equipment and service supplied? 'As with previous projects, Vigo offered excellent service, and managed to work around our building work requirements, so installation and commissioning could run smoothly.'

What positive impact has the equipment had on your production facility? 'Our apple milling/pressing capacity has nearly trebled, and juice extraction is on average 5% up on the old Voran press. The new bottling machine has increased hourly output from 2000 to 3000 bottles per hour, and the machine is more efficient, easier to run, and easier to clean.'

The Sheppy's Cider Brand

‘Quality’ is the ethos behind Sheppy’s Cider, which is owned and run by David and Louisa Sheppy. Of the 2,000,000+ litres of cider currently produced, 50% of the apples used are grown in orchards on David and Louisa’s farm, and the remainder are carefully selected from local farmers that they know. 30 different apple varieties are carefully selected to create the 15 different ciders which they craft, ranging from draft to sparkling, single varietals to blends, and a Soil Association certified organic cider. Fermentation is achieved through the natural yeasts in the skins of the apples, as opposed to added yeasts and no artificial sweeteners are used. Sheppy’s award winning cider is supplied in bottles, polyboxes and kegs.

Awards include gold in CAMRA’s National Cider & Perry Awards 2014 for their Medium Draft, being one of the top 50 winners of Great Taste 2014 – described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world - for their Oak Matured Vintage Cider, (the top 50 are selected from 10,000 products), and silver in The International Cider Awards 2015 for their Somerset Draught .

Sheppy’s are highly committed to the essential role that ecology plays in their 330 acre mixed farm. They actively encourage the wildlife habitat and reuse as many natural by-products as possible (e.g., pomace, apple wood, and biodegradable packaging) on the farm to minimise waste. They have recently installed a new wetland ecosystem treatment system to purify waste water from the production process.

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