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Big order for Thistly Cross

Asda gets a thirst for the original Scottish cider

Thistly CrossScottish cider Thistly Cross has secured a £150,000 deal to supply Asda’s 56 stores in Scotland until the end of this year.

Five varieties of the cider made by the Dunbar based company will appear on the supermarket chain’s shelves.

It is Scotland’s original cider maker and the firm is run by the fourth generation of the family. It employs 14 staff at South Belton Farm, East Lothian site and has taken on additional employees to cope with the demand, doubling in size over the last year.

The strawberries are grown on the farm, while the whisky cask version is aged for a minimum of six months in single malt Scotch casks previously used by Glen Moray distillery.

Julia Rennie, Thistly Cross company director, said: “Our cider is made in Scotland from the finest quality fruits, so it’s great to see that Asda is continuing to invest in providing a range of products full of Scottish provenance and taste.”

Brian O’Shea, Asda’s regional buying manager for Scotland, said: “The Thistly Cross cider products are premium quality and will give customers a new and local choice.

“Feedback from everyone who has tried the new lines has been incredibly positive so we look forward to working with the business closely and hopefully increasing the range of products available in–store in due course.”

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