The UK has just had another great summer of cider where the interest in the diversity of the many ciders available continued to grow.

Best Bar None, the national programme designed to improve standards within licensed premises through local partnerships, continues to roll out new schemes across the country.

The scheme, supported by the Home Office now operates in 70 towns and cites with new programmes launched in Swansea, Bolton, Bromsgrove, Skipton, Warrington, and Reading this year so far. Leicester Square, Altringham, Sunderland, Barnsley and Southbank/ London Bridge are also at advanced planning stage with BBN planned to go-live there later this year.

“The engagement amongst partners across the country demonstrates the willingness of industry to work with police, local authorities and the private sector to create a safer environment for customers, visitors and staff as well as generating a more successful environment for businesses,”

said National Coordinator Mick McDonnell.

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“There is much evidence of the positive contribution schemes make in increasing footfall when promoted locally, reducing A&E admissions, lowering petty crime and improving public safety. Our new nationwide measurement system has been introduced to demonstrate the positive benefits of BBN within communities and to the local economy.”

The growing network of regional BBN awards programmes permit local flexibility to address local needs but are based on core national standards.

“The gathering of this new data will enable us to consistently measure key areas of alcohol related crime and disorder and the impact a scheme has locally as well as the contribution BBN makes collectively at a national level,” added Mick.

We are now entering the season of colder days and darker nights, where previously cider sales started to drop. However, the taste for cider and perry has not abated with many more new pubs opening or changing style with cider as their main attraction.

At this time of year we see the popularity of the Bag in Box ciders come into their own. With a long shelf life and not as chilled as fizzy keg ciders, they sit nicely along side the darker seasonal ales with their pump clips proudly displaying names such as Darkcider at 7.5% giving the real ales names a run for their money – especially at Halloween

Fruit ciders continue to be a firm Favourite, all year round with Lilley’s Cider recently adding Rhubarb Cider to it’s range which has been well received and is giving our Mango Cider some serious competition in the popularity ratings. Perry has also seen a resurgence, with names like Bee Sting enjoying bit of a cult status.

It’s good to see the UK’s cider industry in such good health, this is obviously due to the good taste of the many cider drinkers out there enjoying an age old tradition.

So let’s all raise a glass to the apple, cheers from all at Lilley’s Cider.

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