Many UK Ciders have less apples in them than you think !

In the UK, cider manufacturers do not HAVE to put the ingredients of their ciders on the bottle.

As a result, YOU may not know exactly what it is you're drinking - or how much apple juice is in it.

(Here's what we found out when we did a bit of research)

1. Blenkinsop, Philip (20 December 2012). "Insight: Cider, the golden apple of brewers' eyes"]

2.  1st September, 2010- [Source: GOV.UK. Notice 162 Cider Production. Clause 30]

3* [source: Jarvis 1993]
3` [source: Ministry of Agriculture statistics for the UK (1999)]

3^ [source: Juice Content in Ciders - FSA Project Q 01057A ]

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So what's the rest of it made of ?

The simple answer is - either other fruits, grains etc or apple concentrate. It's a lot cheaper than the apples themselves. But as you can imagine, it does have its downsides.

For balance, we would like to say that there are some amazing, all natural UK ciders out there - it's not our job to name check them, but they're the ones shouting about their provenance too.

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