Sheppy's Cider - Pressing, bottling line & tanks

Sheppy's Cider
Sheppy's Cider
Sheppy's Cider

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.


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.'

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