The Big Bear Cider Mill is an artisan cider producer from Essex aiming to produce craft cider on a large scale. The infrastructure is ready for an Apple to Can production facility with the ability to produce 1m + litres of craft cider PA. The Big Bear has memorable, flexible branding with strong Millennial appeal.
After the explosion in craft beers, interest in cider is up.
“Craft Cider is growing in importance. A small but fast-moving sector, this is definitely one to watch.” Westons Cider Report 2017
We love craft cider, but it’s only seasonally available and traditional in packaging and concept. Big brand cider is available all year round but much of it is produced from concentrate so lacks depth and quality.
Our solution - to make our own; not easy as it involved planting thousands of trees. Our mission was launched. From the first batch of cider five years ago, momentum grew, people loved it, and now demand outstrips supply.
The answer - a production facility to allow us to press and blend over a million litres PA. We plan to make quality craft cider, marketed with a strong brand appeal, and year-round supply.
Our cider is chemical free - naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Essex orchards were ripped up in the 60’s and 70’s to make way for gravel pits. We buy disused gravel pits and turn them into flourishing orchards; making great cider and having a positive environmental impact.
Our founder and is a 'larger than life character', known fondly as the Big Bear and is the inspiration for our brand.
The Big Bear is a team business, and we want to expand our team, so this year we're giving you the opportunity to join us.
Exit by acquisition 5-7 years for eg AB InBev- recent similar buyouts