UK independent cider maker Aston Manor is building a new fruit processing facility expected to be at full capacity for the 2014 harvest.

The Stourport-on-Severn site, which is already pressing apples, represents a “multi-million pound” investment, Aston Manor said today (7 November). It is “a vital element of the long-term plan of the business”, the company said.

Rodney Clifford, Aston Manor's  production director, said: “With considerable investment we have succeeded in dramatically improving both our capacity and capability - we already believed our operations offered greater flexibility than any other cider maker, and this extends that advantage further.”

When completed, the facility will handle around 800 tonnes of fruit a day throughout the harvest period. The capacity can be extended at a later date, the company said.

In February, Aston Manor promoted its sales & marketing director Gordon Johncox to managing director.