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Cider plays and important role in the UK drinks market. If you are thinking of setting up a cider making business, or you are an established cider maker wanting to expand your production, Vigo supply an extensive range of cider making equipment, including apple washers, apple presses / mills, fermentation tanks, pasteurisers, filters, and bottling equipment.
If you are already an apple juice producer and want to progress to making cider the main additional equipment required is tanks for fermentation and storage.
Cider Making Equipment - Making the right decision
Choosing to invest in new equipment can allow you to maximise production and minimise labour costs, improving your profitability, as long as you make the right choice.
Choosing equipment can be daunting, and can lead to many different questions:
What we can offer
Vigo has over over 30 years' experience supplying cider making equipment to cider makers. We can help you answer all of the questions able, and give you peace of mind. We can help you make the right choice to allow you to build your profits.
Vigo offers the full range of Voran fruit processing equipment. Voran established in 1925 and are the market leaders in commercial fruit processing equipment. The Voran range is modular, process-based and extremely robust. In partnership with Voran, we can offer you:
All of this ensures you choose the right equipment for your application, which fits seamlessly into your operation. Our engineers ensure that the equipment works perfectly for you immediately, allowing you to quickly and efficiently increase production, reduce costs and increase your profitability.
Commercial cider makers have essentially two main options available when choosing equipment for pressing:
Hydraulic Pressing – Using a hydraulic press with racks and cloths. The more traditional way of pressing, equipment is generally less expensive, but the manual nature of pressing in this way does mean that more labour is required and throughput is limited.
Belt Pressing – A more modern, automated pressing method. Belt presses allow large quantities of fruit to be pressed withminimal labour, but the equipment costs are more expensive.
Before pressing, apples need to be crushed to a fine pulp. Effectively crushing can have as much effect on juice yields as the power of the press. Vigo offers the Voran range of robust, heavy duty apple mills for commercial operations. The model of press will determine which mill is compatible.
For fermentation, we offer the Speidel range of tanks, which represent high quality at very competitive prices. We also have a range of yeasts, chemicals and treatments.
To prevent cider with residual (or added) sugar from re-fermenting it must be pasteurised. Pasteurisation involves heating the cider to a carefully controlled temperature for a specific time. There are two ways in which this can be achieved, both of which are equally effective:
Vigo manufactures and supplies both In-bottle pasteurisers and flash pasteurisers for pasteurising cider.
Filtration & Carbonation
We offer filtration equipment for filtering cider prior to carbonation or bottling.
Vigo manufactured carbonators are available, from small scale to fully automated systems. Cider to be artificially carbonated must be chilled to less than 4°C in order for carbonation to be effective. Vigo specialist refrigeration and temperature control equipment for chilling cider prior to carbonation. All of the equipment we supply comes with the benefit of our experience, support and warranty.
Bottling Filling & Labelling
Vigo supply a full range of bottling equipment, from bottling machines, capping machines, to shrink capsule applicators.
Bag-in-box packaging is a convenient and economical alternative to bottles. Many cider makers use this bag-in-boxes to sell their products to pubs and bars in draught form. We supply bag-in-box fillers.
Many craft cider producers are turning to kegs as a way of increasing sales potential in bars and at festivals. Kegs are suitable for both carbonated and still cider. Vigo supply a range of keg washing and filling machines.
The Full Range
To see the range of equipment available for cider producers return to the Cider menu (above) or click here.
Read our Cider Maker Case Studies here.
Advice from Vigo
Vigo can offer advice on equipment to suit your planned production rates and budget. Please contact us on 01404 892100 to discuss your requirements.
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