Hydraulic pressing

The Little Orchard Co - pressing

Little Orchard Co - pressing
Little Orchard Co - pressing
Little Orchard Co - pressing

'We are delighted with both the quality equipment supplied by Vigo and the friendly advice given.'

Jo Dakin, The Little Orchard Company

Case Study Overview

The Little Orchard Company planned to make cider from their 500 tree orchard. Jo's production aims were ...

  • 7,000 litres of cider
  • Compact equipment
  • Future-proofed to increase output
  • We supplied and installed a semi-automatic Voran centrifugal mill and hydraulic press.

    The Little Orchard Company produced cider from their 500 tree orchard in North Oxfordshire.

    During the start-up phase of their business, co-owners Jo Dakin and her husband required apple pressing equipment that would be appropriate for a trial run of 7,000 litres of cider produced in a small pressing shed. The equipment also had to be future-proof so that it could cope with much larger volumes if the trial was successful.

    Vigo supplied a Voran RM2.2 mill and 100P2 hydraulic press, which comfortably gave them the throughput required for the trial run, whilst having plenty of capacity to cope with the future expansion of production.

    See company update below...

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    'Our trial run has been a huge success and we are already planning next year’s expansion. We are delighted with both the quality equipment supplied by Vigo and the friendly advice given, which is always pertinent, probably because Vigo’s owner is a cider-maker himself.'

    Jo Dakin, The Little Orchard Company

    COMPANY UPDATE:

    Sadly after 11 years' work and with a heavy heart Jo Dakin and her husband decided to sell their orchard. They decided that it wasn't a profession for them. The orchard is now under new ownership and the new owners plan to continue cider making.

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