Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Tesco raises a glass to Armagh cider

Helen Troughton from Armagh Cider Company celebrates her orchard's deal with Tesco

Three varieties of 'Northern Ireland champagne' made from Co Armagh apples will be going on sale in Tesco.

The Armagh Cider Company uses hand picked Armagh Bramley apples grown in its own orchards between Portadown and Armagh and it is the only producer in Northern Ireland that goes 'from blossom to bottle'.

Since the Armagh Bramley Apple received protected geographical indication, or PGI status, similarities have been drawn with grapes used to make champagne. Helen and Philip Troughton, owners of Armagh Cider Company, are delighted with the deal.

Helen said: "We have had a stand at the Tesco Taste NI food festival and people were constantly asking: where can we get the product?

"We're delighted to be able to tell all of them, we're here – and just in time for the party season."

The 80-acre orchards are over 100 years old and produce up to 1,000 tonnes of apples a year.