UK > U.S based Molson Coors Brewing Company acquires UK based Aspall Cyder Limited

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Molson Coors and Aspall, are joining hands as Aspall Cyber Limited by Molson Coors. Both brewing companies are built with a passion for building extraordinary brands and both companies also have similar family-orientated ownership structures.

Run by the eighth generation of the family of Clement Chevallier and founded in 1728, Aspall’s quality portfolio includes premium cider, leading specialty vinegars including Aspall Organic Cyber vinegar that uses one of a kind fermentation process that nobody else in the world uses.

Operating from a site in the parish of Aspall, Suffolk from the founder Clement Chevallier himself, Chevallier family will remain part of the business and will play a key role in the strategic decision of Aspall.

Molson Coors is an industry- leading expertise in marketing, distribution and logistics and is ideally positioned to grow the business for Aspall brand in both UK and around the world. Further investing in Aspall’s Suffolk operation, Molson Coors is trying to expand the opportunity of genuinely premium nature of high- quality cider.

According to Phil Whitehead, Managing Director of Molson Coors UK & Ireland:
“We’re delighted to add Aspall to the Molson Coors portfolio. Both companies share a similar history that is deeply rooted in family, dedication to customers and a commitment to excellence. The Chevallier’s have been producing cyder for almost 300-years and their range of brands enhances our existing portfolio. We’re now looking forward to helping Aspall become the number one premium cyder in the UK and building on the huge potential of the Aspall vinegars, as part of an ongoing strategy to premiumise our portfolio.”

Barry Chevallier Guild, Aspall Chairman added the following:

“This is an important milestone in Aspall’s long history and a proud day for everyone involved with the company. Having been in close discussions with Molson Coors for over a year, we were delighted to find that they share our rich heritage, passion for making quality cyder and vision for the future development of Aspall and its people. Molson Coors is known for respecting the provenance of local brands it has acquired in the past, and has the scale and expertise to accelerate our growth in the premium cider category in the UK and beyond.”
Henry Chevallier Guild also had to say the following:

“There is a real opportunity to elevate and grow the status of English cyder in the UK and abroad both as a beverage and as an excellent partner for food. We believe that Molson Coors investment will provide the catalyst to grow Aspall and build the recognition for quality cider worldwide.”
With a 10% volume growth in the year 2016, Aspall is surely going to grow with the cider market value growth in the UK by over 25% between 2010 and 2015 and is projected to grow until 2020 according to data from Nielsen2.

About Molson Coors Brewing Company:

Established in 1774, Molson Coors is a global brewer with brands such as Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Miller Lite, Molson Canadian, Carling, Staropramen and Sharp’s Doom Bar, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Blue Moon Belgian White, Creemore Springs Premium Lager and Crispin Cider. Molson Coors employs over 2000 employees in UK & Ireland in facilities such as Burton upon Trent, Tadcaster, Burtonwood, Sharp’s brewery in Rock, Cornwall and Franciscan Well in Cork, Ireland. Molson Coors has a market share of around 20% of the UK beer market with a portfolio of some of the best beers such as the Carling (UK’s best selling beer for three decades), Coors Light, Cobra, Grolsch, Doom Bar, Worthington’s, Caffrey’s, Singha and a range of specialty beers in the UK & Ireland.

About Aspall
Combining a love of traditional cider making with passion, Aspall has been making high quality cider since its establishment in 1728 by Clement Chevallier. Some of the finest products of Aspall include award winning Premium Cru Cyder, Aspall Cyder, Clement’s Four, Cyderkyn and Imperial Vintage.