Belfast Telegraph

Co Armagh cider maker is pleased to secure Italian job

By Staff Reporter

Ciders from the Orchard County are bound for Italy after a fifth-generation grower won a new distribution deal. Greg MacNeice from Ardess in Co Armagh will be shipping dry and medium ciders for distribution throughout Italy.

Mac Ivors Traditional ciders are already sold in Denmark, making the company no stranger to the export market.  And Mr MacNeice is hoping to send his drinks all the way to America over the summer. 

The grower has also launched a new plum and ginger cider.

Mr MacNeice said:  “I am delighted to announce we have struck a deal with a major distributor in Rome which will greatly expand our export sales in Europe.

“This is a very encouraging  development for a Co Armagh product securing its place in the international marketplace.

“The interest in Mac Ivors Traditional Dry and Medium Ciders is increasing because Europe is fast becoming a market for premium Irish ciders.”

All the drinks are made at the family’s orchards, which date back in 1855.  And the family has been tending to the apples for around 150 years.  

“We currently employ six full-time staff at our orchards at Ardress and we are hopeful the distributor deal will dramatically increase our sales in Europe which will lead to further job creation here in Co Armagh.”

The family-owned and managed firm has won a series of national and international awards for its products including a gold medal and overall Champion Cider at the 2015 International Brewing Awards.

In the past four years, Mac Ivors Cider Co has produced 420,000 litres — around one million bottles.

And he said he’d tested the plum and ginger combination at industry events before going into production. 

“We are immensely encouraged by the positive feedback from both male and female cider fans.

“We are very excited to be bringing the taste of Ireland’s orchard county to Irish bars  and to bars which specialise in craft beers, ciders and spirits.”

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