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The Orchard Centre is the base for Mitchell F&D Limited’s Cider & Perry Academy, which provides a unique & long-established range of internationally acclaimed training courses for the Cider Industry.

An award winning demonstration commercial cider & perry production facility and well-equipped laboratory is also based at the Centre, which as a model of best practice, supports the training programmes on offer.

As well as providing for hands-on practical work for course delegates, the production unit & laboratory also provides resources for process & product development work and R&D. Full access to the facilities is provided to assist new business start-ups and other clients develop their own products and enterprises.

Technical Open Day Overview: Open from 09.00 am to 5.00pm, the following opportunities are provided:

  • Attending technical seminars & presentations as appropriate to individual interest (as programme). The main theme for the day is Management & Control of Yeasts & Bacteria in Cider Production
  • Visiting trade stands: A number of equipment and material suppliers will be in attendance on the day.
  • Meeting with selected technical specialists and equipment & material suppliers to discuss your own business requirements
  • Networking with other cider and perry producers.
  • Discussing ways in which the Cider & Perry Academy and associated facilities at the Orchard Centre can be used and accessed in support of your own business needs.

Technical Seminar Programe

Time Seminar Presenter
 09.15 Opening Remarks  Peter Mitchell
 09.30  Caring for the Consumer: Legal Obligations and Best Practice Trading Standards & Environmental Health
 10.30 Good Fermentation Practices for Cider   Lallemand
 11.30 Effective Sanitisation for Cider Production  CCL Pentasol
 12.15  Yeast Nutrition for Cider Fermentation Eaton
 13.45  Multi-Yeast Strategies for Cider Fermentation  Lallemand
 14.45 Detection, Prevention & Treatment of Biofilms  Freedom Hygiene
 15.30  Controlled Malo-Lactic Fermentation  Eaton
 16.15  Cider Fermentation Management Case Study: Orchard Centre Production

 Peter Mitchell

Key Sponsors

Core supplies innovative pressing, processing & packaging equipment to the industry.
We offer a consultancy, project management, installation & after care service to cider-makers both in the UK and the USA. Talk to us about your equipment needs and we will find a solution to help you do what you do best.
Teamed with an insightful level of knowledge into the cider-making process, a one-year guarantee on all equipment & an exceptional level of customer service, Core are the perfect partners to help you upgrade your cider-making equipment.

Eaton's Filtration Division offers a complete solution for cider production including enzymes to increase the juice yield, active dry yeasts and yeast nutrients to ensure safe alcoholic fermentation, as well as the harmonisation of acidity through targeted MF using malolactic bacteria and, finally, cold filtration with depth filter sheets to stabilise the cider.

A leading developer, producer and marketer of select natural yeasts, nutrients and bacteria as well as a distributor of winemaking enzymes, Lallemand is a privately held Canadian company. While active on all five continents, the Oenology Division in Toulouse, France, dedicates a large part of its operations to research and development, both internally and in collaboration with renowned research institutes.


The Three Counties Cider and Perry Association was founded in 1993 by a group of craft scale cider makers. The Aims of the Association are to:
• Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, updating of information & knowledge and the discussion of matters relating to cider & perry.
• Encourage the sustainable production & sale of quality cider & perry that meets consumer requirements for safety, freedom from spoilage, transparency & traceability.
• Lobby regulatory & legislative bodies, and others as appropriate, in the furtherance of members’ interests.
• Promote co-operation between members and with other organisations

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