Craft cider is good for bees, worms and bears!
The Big Bear Cider Mill is a craft cider producer based in Essex and run by a team motivated by their passion for cider. The Big Bear have a strong environmental focus and make quality craft cider from pesticide free, traditional cider apple varieties, grown in thriving orchards created from regenerated gravel pits.
The Big Bear have the expertise to make quality craft cider, in large quantities and will package this in distinctive cans featuring their strong bear logo which is designed to appeal to all cider drinkers across the market.
Customers are looking for greener packaging options so are being savvier by choosing the most recycled pack format on the market. “Metal is a permanently available material that can be recycled again and again, without losing any of its structural integrity. This is known as ‘real recycling’.
The Big Bear’s apple trees are traditional varieties and managed without the use of pesticides. Shropshire sheep graze the orchards and help to reduce weeds without damaging the trees.
The apple varities grown are Flanders, Cox, Kidds Orange Red, Bramley, Elstarr, Greensleeves,Jonagold, Egremont Russett, Ashmeads Kernel, Yarlington Mill, Tale Sweet, Black Dabinett, Tremletts Bitter, Major Browns, Kingston Black, Foxwhelp, Tom Putt and Sweet Alford.
The Big Bear Cider Mill now has planning permission for a large wormery. Worm composting is using worms to recycle organic materials such as apple pulp, cardboard packaging, food waste etc into a valuable vermicompost, or worm compost.
In fact, worms can consume and compact waste so well, that they can reduce the volume of organic matter by 95 per cent. If everyone used worm farms then rubbish could be reduced by 2000 lbs. per person.
The Big Bear is working with Costa Coffee on their Grounds for Ground scheme – utilising used coffee grounds to provide additional nitrogen to feed the soil.
Brilliant, natural, craft cider on a large scale - naturally gluten free and vegan.
The Big bear Cider Mill is live with their crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube and have already reached 52% of their target.