A new weighbridge has been installed at the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill to reduce disruptions in the cider production. Created by Avery Weigh-Tronix engineers, this was designed to drop in to the existing weighbridge pit, which has been in use for more than 35 years.
Engineers installed the bridge in one weekend, enabling production to continue and provide the company with accurate and traceable records to HMRC.
Bob Chaplin, the fruit and orcharding manager for the mill, said: “The weighbridge is vital for the on going production of our ciders. Vital raw materials can’t enter the site without it and our cider cannot leave without accurate verifiable records.”
The mill produces up to six tankers of cider on a normal day, weighing 25 tonnes, the equivalent to 27,000 litres. Up to 630 tonnes of apples are weighed per day during the harvest season and the weighbridge is open each day between 7am and 9pm.
The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has recently launched a £1m investment programme in order to increase the number of orchards and further production. The Cider Mill has been in operation for over 100 years and provides to some of the UK’s leading ciders brands, such as Gaymers, Blackthorns and Addlestones.