Gaymer Cider Company

Gaymer Cider Company

The Gaymer Cider Company produces and markets Cider. It is owned by Constellation Europe, part of Constellation Brands. Constellation Europe was formed in 2004 when Matthew Clark PLC, integrated with Constellation Wines Europe Ltd. Gaymer Cider Company was formed shortly after that.

The Gaymer Cider Company's name was taken from Gaymer's Olde English cyder, a brand of cider first produced commercially in 1770 by William Gaymer and owned by Matthew Clark PLC from the mid 1990s.

The Gaymer Cider Company is the second largest cider maker in the world, producing most of its ciders in its Shepton Mallet plant. The ciders it produces are; Gaymer's Olde English cyder, Blackthorn Cider, Diamond White, White Star, K, Addlestones, Special Vat and Natch. Two new ciders include; Gaymers Original Cider and Gaymer's Orchard Reserve

Gaymer also owns the rights to Peardrax, a pear-flavoured brand of soft drink which originated in the U.K. but is currently manufactured only in Trinidad and Tobago.

Olde English

Gaymer's Olde English cyder is a brand of cider. Most English ciders are grown and fermented in Herefordshire (e.g. Britain's most popular ciders Strongbow and Woodpecker). Unusually, Gaymer's originated in Norfolk in eastern England. From small beginnings, most English ciders were grown on farms as part of the workers' remuneration, each worker in the west of England receiving a gallon of cider per day. As times have changed so has the brewing of English cider, many small farms still ferment their own cider but most cider is now brewed commercially. Gaymer's started brewing cider (generally known by the alternative spelling cyder) during the late eighteenth century from a farm near Attleborough, Norfolk, continuing as a farm concern until 1870 when William Gaymer introduced a hydraulic press and began to sell the cider commercially for the home market and export.

Gaymer's became a national brand but by 1961 the company had been taken over by Showerings. Following several mergers Gaymer's became part of Matthew Clark PLC in the mid 1990s. After over 200 years of cider making in Attleborough, production of Gaymer's cider was transferred to Shepton Mallet in Somerset.

With modern brewing techniques the new owners were able to replicate Norfolk water and carry on the brewing of the distinctive Gaymer's in Somerset without affecting the taste.

Gaymer's Olde English is mostly sold through supermarkets and off licence chains.

In 2004 Matthew Clark PLC integrated with Constellation Wines Europe Ltd to form Constellation Europe, part of Constellation Brands Inc which claims to be the largest wine company in the world. Gaymer's Olde English cider is still produced in Shepton Mallet, along with the other cider brands formally owned by Matthew Clark PLC under the new name Gaymer Cider Company. The current Managing director is John Mills.

The Gaymer Cider Company is also developing new ciders using the Gaymer name including Gaymers Original Cider and Gaymer's Orchard Reserve, to be marketed alongside the original Gaymer's Olde English cider.

In 2007, coinciding with a can redesign, the strength of canned Olde English was reduced from 5.3% ABV to 4.5% ABV, with no accompanying reduction in price.

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