UK: Bulmer says it will pay in full for fruit
However, the company confirmed that it intended staggering payments as part of its strategy to cope with its current financial problems.
A Bulmers spokesman said the company contributed £4m to the local farming economy but said that unless the cider market returned to growth there would be a surplus of cider apples in future years.
With a surplus supply, Bulmers said it would not be using a substantial proportion of this year's crop until next year so the company had entered talks with the Herefordshire Cider Fruit Growers' Association regarding re-phasing payments.
"Reaching agreement on the re-phasing of fruit payments is an integral part of Bulmers' strategy to overcome its temporary financial difficulties," said the spokesman. "Bulmers is committed to maintaining a sustainable and viable cider fruit growing industry in the region."
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