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Harleston Cider winner for Innovation, Agriculture, Food and Drink in South Norfolk Business Awards




A Palgrave cider company has scooped a business award in recognition of its innovative approach.

CELEBRATING: Ruth Comer (left) and friend Leia Sycamore accept the award on behalf of the family.
CELEBRATING: Ruth Comer (left) and friend Leia Sycamore accept the award on behalf of the family.

Harleston Cider Company was named as the category winner for Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Drink in the 2019 South Norfolk Business Awards.

The company was established in 2010 in Palgrave and Harleston by Ken Woolley and his wife Deb, who were later joined by their son Tim and his partner Ruth Comer.

Ruth, who attended the ceremony, said: “We had a few telephone interviews and I thought that they wouldn’t consider us at all, which is why not all of us attended the awards. It was a big surprise, but we are really chuffed.”

The judges were impressed by the variety of unusual products offered, such as their fire cider and award-winning ice cider, a product which is only produced by a handful of companies in the UK.

The family-run business is located in Palgrave and Harleston.
The family-run business is located in Palgrave and Harleston.

Fire cider is made by infusing apple cider vinegar with herbs and spices. It can be used for cooking or drinking as a daily tonic.

Its sweeter counterpart, ice cider, involves freezing freshly pressed apple juice prior to fermentation, which concentrates natural sugars and flavours and makes for a rich and syrupy drink.

“We try to differentiate ourselves from other cider makers,” said Ruth. “So the Fire Cider and Ice Cider are something a little bit different.

“We always make sure that nothing is wasted. All apples are sourced locally and what is leftover at the end of the pressing is donated to a woman who rescues horses, goats and pigs.”



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