On Wednesday 2nd November, Sir Bill Wiggin MP, Member of Parliament for North Herefordshire, and Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, Member of Parliament for Bridgewater & West Somerset, co-hosted an event in Westminster with the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) to celebrate Great British ciders.
The NACM is the UK cider industry representative body, working on behalf of large and small producers.
The cider tasting event gave members of parliament the opportunity to sample traditional ciders made by different Great British cider makers.
The UK is the largest global cider market, with UK cider representing 39% of the global market.
The event aimed to celebrate Great British cider and raise awareness of the vital role the cider industry plays in the UK economy.
Cider-making is central to many rural communities, particularly in North Herefordshire.
Cider-making in Herefordshire is steeped in history, having been produced there since medieval times. The county is home to a thriving cider industry and is renowned for its large-scale cider production and innovation.
Sir Bill’s constituency of North Herefordshire is home to 3 of the 17 members of the NACM.
Sir Bill commented: “the cider industry is a major part of our local heritage, culture and economy here in North Herefordshire and it is right that we do all we can to support local cider-makers.”
The cider tasting event was a great success and attended by a number of MPs who came together to celebrate Great British Ciders.