#THATCHERSPUBHEROES T-SHIRTS IN SUPPORT OF UK PUBS AND BARS

#THATCHERSPUBHEROES T-SHIRTS IN SUPPORT OF UK PUBS AND BARS

Limited edition T-shirts, bearing the slogan #ThatchersPubHeroes, will be given to participating pubs and bars for them to sell themselves to customers. Proceeds stay with the pub – raising over £250,000 for UK pubs and bars.

In 2020, Thatchers donated over 6,000 kegs of cider to pubs and bars up and down the country to help get them back on their feet following the first national lockdown.

The Somerset cider maker is inviting pubs and bars who wish to be involved in the initiative to sign up at www.thatcherscider.co.uk/ThatchersPubHeroes. They will then receive 20 #ThatchersPubHeroes t-shirts free of charge.

The offer is open to Thatchers draught stockists throughout the UK and Thatchers is encouraging pubs to be quick to claim theirs as there are only 20,000 t-shirts available.

Martin Thatcher, fourth generation cider maker says, “The last 12 months have been challenging for us all, but none more so than for businesses within the hospitality industry, many of whom face an uncertain future. Whilst we can’t wait for pubs and bars to be open again, we want to do what we can in the meantime to lend our support and offer much needed cash in the till.  So we’ve created a limited-edition #ThatchersPubHeroes t-shirt in support of pubs and bars across the country. Made for pubs to support pubs!”

Thatchers is offering participating pubs social media support too – the cider maker will be letting its followers know which pubs are selling the t-shirts via an online map featured on their website. Every business can download their own Social Media assets from www.thatcherscider.co.uk/ThatchersPubHeroes

 

THATCHERS SAVED 20 MILLION PLASTIC RINGS IN JUST ONE YEAR

THATCHERS SAVED 20 MILLION PLASTIC RINGS IN JUST ONE YEAR

By ditching plastic rings for its best-selling can packs for Thatchers Gold, Haze, Rosé and Cloudy Lemon ciders, family cider maker Thatchers saved 20 million plastic rings from being used in 2020 alone.

And now the Somerset cider maker is able to strengthen its commitment to the environment even further with PEFC certification for the cardboard packaging that replaces the plastic rings.

This certification means that Thatchers is able to guarantee all its consumer cardboard product packaging has been sourced sustainably.

The introduction of its ground-breaking duo-wing for its 4-can packs back in 2016 was an amazing piece of the sustainability journey for Thatchers. It now estimates over 100 tonnes of plastic has been saved during this time thanks to the initiative.

The PEFC mark also appears on Thatchers ten can packs. FSC certified board is used for mail order boxes and retail bottle display trays.

Supply Chain Director for Thatchers, Gary Delafield comments, “Working with supplier Westrock to ensure our packaging is made with PEFC certified board is an important part of our sustainability commitment. We are always looking to actively do the right thing across our cider making and packaging, and the PEFC certification assures our retail customers and consumers that our cardboard is sourced sustainably throughout the supply chain.

 

“We recognise the critical role that forests play in the protection of the global environment in alleviating climate change. Indeed, as a cider maker reliant on trees to grow the apples we need to produce our ciders, we have over 500 acres of our own orchard in Somerset.

 

“Our retail customers trust us to lead the way in sustainable packaging, and our consumers have confidence in us that care of the world around us is part of who we are. We were one of the first British cider makers to replace plastic rings with recyclable cardboard packs, and now we are able to demonstrate full confidence throughout their supply chain with PEFC certification.”

Thatchers has worked with its packaging supplier Westrock to secure the certification. PEFC is a global chain of custody certificate that tracks wood from sustainable sources, through the supply chain to final product. Over 320 million hectares of forest globally are PEFC certified.

As a family business Thatchers is constantly thinking about what it can do to protect the environment and cut carbon. New lighter weight cans save 70 tons of aluminium each year and its glass bottles contain up to 77% recycled glass. Furthermore, its new warehouse in Somerset is home to solar panels that saved some 75,000 kg of CO2 in 2020 – that’s the equivalent of planting 3,500 trees. The energy is harnessed to power heating at the cider mill.

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Thatchers’ new TV commercial, Family, launches next week

Thatchers’ new TV commercial, Family, launches next week

A new TV campaign from Thatchers, the family cider makers, will appear on screens from Monday 17th August 2020.  Called “Family”, it reinforces the values that are the driving force behind everything that Thatchers does.

True to life, authentic, warm and aspirational, the new campaign from the Somerset cider maker will be broadcast nationally, on TV and Video on Demand.

The ad has been directed by award-winning British director Steve Reeves with production company Another Film Company. The creative agency is McCann Bristol, and media agency Bray Leino.

Bill Bailey has provided the voice over, and as in previous campaigns Martin Thatcher has a cameo role, this time joined by family members Anne and Eleanor. Cider makers Richard Johnson and Sophie Jennings also make appearances.

Martin Thatcher, four generation cidermaker says, “This is an ad that’s warm with a smile in its heart. We hope everyone will be able to relate to it. The sense of family runs very strongly throughout all we do at Thatchers, from our heritage and traditions, through to our quality and expertise in cider making. It’s something we’re all very proud of, and we know it’s something that will always stay true. There’s never been a better time to reinforce the message of family and caring for each other.”

A forty and thirty second ad will showcase the Thatchers cider portfolio of Thatchers Gold, Haze and Rosé.  A social campaign will also run.

Thatchers has been the cider category’s top off trade performer during lockdown with sales +108.7% in the last 12 weeks. *Source: IRI, vol sales 12 w/e 18th July 2020.

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Thatchers Zero named Best No and Low Cider

Thatchers Zero named Best No and Low Cider

It was two years in the making, but now Thatchers Zero, the Somerset cider maker’s first alcohol-free cider, has been named Best No and Low Cider in the UK by industry magazine Imbibe.

Thatchers Zero was unveiled in January 2020 after a long development journey, and only when the cider maker was 100% happy with the cider’s taste, depth and appearance. By using a unique production process, Thatchers has been able to create an alcohol-free cider that doesn’t compromise on quality – and offers the premium experience people are looking for when enjoying a Thatchers cider.

Thatchers Zero is full of appley aromas and crisp refreshment. With a beautifully bright, golden appearance, crisp, medium dry taste, and fruity aroma, it is crafted using a selection of Thatchers favourite bittersweet apple varieties, creating a 0.0% cider with body, smoothness and character.

The Imbibe No and Low Taste Awards were launched to reflect the quality and range of products in what has become a significant sector of the drinks industry in recent times – one that has grown during lockdown and is predicted to continue to grow in the years to come.

Like all other ciders in its range, Thatchers Zero is gluten free and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Thatchers Zero is available in high street retailers including Sainsbury’s and Co-Op, RRP £1.85. It is also available from specialist retailers including Dry Drinker and Wise Bartender, and from Thatchers www.thatcherscider.co.uk

 

THATCHERS INTRODUCES ITS ALCOHOL-FREE CIDER, ZERO

THATCHERS INTRODUCES ITS ALCOHOL-FREE CIDER, ZERO

Thatchers Cider has introduced Zero, its first alcohol-free* cider.

Thatchers Zero has all the appley aromas and crisp refreshment expected from the master cidermakers at Myrtle Farm. With a beautifully bright, golden appearance, crisp, medium dry taste, and fruity aroma, this is a cider that at 0.0%, will appeal to those looking to moderate their alcohol consumption.

Crafted using a selection of Thatchers favourite bittersweet apple varieties, the blend of traditional and modern apples creates an alcohol-free cider with body, smoothness and character.  Thatchers cidermakers have developed their own unique process to create Thatchers Zero.

“We’ve taken a lot of time and care in the production of Zero,” says Martin Thatcher, managing director and fourth generation cidermaker. “Created to be full of taste from the start, this is a no-alcohol cider that meets the growing consumer expectation for moderation, but just as importantly offers great character and is something special and enjoyable to drink. It offers the premium experience people are looking for when choosing an alcohol-free alternative.”

Yvonne Flannery, Head of Brands at Thatchers adds, “Gone are the days when drinkers will compromise on quality. As an increasing number of people are looking to moderate their alcohol intake as part of a mindful lifestyle, consumers can now opt for Thatchers Zero and not feel they’re missing out on a really enjoyable glass of cider.”

Like all other ciders in its range, Thatchers Zero is gluten free and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Thatchers is committed to sustainability. The Somerset cidermaker is greatly reducing the plastic in its packaging, it is minimising waste throughout the business, and is creating its own energy at Myrtle Farm.

Thatchers Zero has an RRP for 500ml of £1.80.

It is currently available in Thatchers Cider Shop in Sandford, in the Railway Inn, Sandford, and online at www.thatcherscider.co.uk

*Thatchers Zero is no more than 0.05% abv.