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UNITE hailed the rebirth of cider making in Shepton Mallet yesterday after the town's cider mill looked set for closure in 2016.
Under new owners Brothers Drinks, the workforce has grown from 24 in 2016 to more than 180 people this month, with more jobs in the pipeline.
The turnaround began after Brothers bought the site from Irish firm C&C in 2016, when it looked like the town's cider-making tradition, which stretches back to 1770, was coming to an end.
Unite south-west regional secretary Steve Preddy said: “This is a genuine good news story in challenging economic times that heralds a renaissance in cider making in Shepton Mallet after a great period of uncertainty.
“It is a very exciting time for cider production and for the community which shares this 248-year-old historic tradition.”
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