Corporate Social Responsibility

Introduction

Aston Manor Cider is a responsible business and seeks to uphold high standards in all areas of operation. We work towards being a sustainable organisation and understand our responsibilities towards the communities where we have a presence, as an employer, as a producer of alcohol, and in our dealings with suppliers and customers. We adhere to both the spirit and detail of the regulation and guidance that apply to what to do.

 

Trade Associations

We are a signatory to the PORTMAN GROUP Code of Practice and we are an active supporter of DRINKAWARE and their campaigns.
We are  members of the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM), Campden BRI, The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology and we are also SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) members and Business Partners of Stronger Together.

 

Health & Safety
We are proud of the quality of our production standards and achieve the highest standards of accreditation in our industry – including BRC ‘AA*’ Grade accredited at our Aston and Tiverton sites and AA at Stourport.
 

Local Agriculture

In 2013 we announced a scheme to plant a further 1,000 acres of new orchards to supplement the existing 300 acres we manage at Malvern. Our commitment to the growers means we have offered them 25 year contracts. The new orchards will secure our supply of quality apples for decades to come and will improve further our carbon footprint.

 

Modern Slavery Act

Aston Manor are fully committed to complying with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. For details of our statement of compliance please Click to view the Aston Manor Cider Statement of Compliance - Modern Slavery Act 2015.

 

Equality

Furthermore, at Aston Manor we operate an equal opportunity and equal remuneration policy, click here to view our Gender Pay Gap Report.

 

Chief Medical Officers Guidelines

Aston Manor takes the health of its consumers extremely seriously. As such in order to ensure our consumers are adequately informed, all of our product labels indicate the amount of Units per container along with amount of units per typical serving. There are also links to the Drinkaware website, pregnancy statement and logo and no driving logo.

 

UK Alcohol Unit Guidance
The Chief Medical Officer's (CMOs) guidelines are extremely detailed and encompass numerous messages to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level. The UK CMOs advise it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. The CMOs also give guidance on drinking in pregnancy and single occasion drinking.
The Chief Medical Officers' Low Risk Drinking Guidelines are available online at:
www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/545937/UK_CMOs__report.pdf 

 

Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP)
AMC opinion: Aston Manor Cider believes minimum unit pricing is a flawed approach that will not have the desired outcome reducing alcohol misuse. It also underestimates how much moderate and responsible drinkers will be out of pocket. The distortion to the market and the fact that consumers operate a repertoire of drinks will prompt very many people to switch to higher strength drinks.
The facts: As the scale of the impact of MUP is, in our view, not widely understood, we have invested significantly in independent research and actual market data. This has enabled us to get a detailed understanding of both the intended and unintended consequences of MUP

 

'White Cider' in context

  • At £68m, the ‘white cider’ category accounts for only 3.7% of total cider sales and just 0.27% of all alcohol sales.
  • ‘White cider’ is also in long-term volume decline (7% down 2014-17). This means that, in the last three years alone, 40 million fewer units of alcohol have been consumed as ‘white cider’ – though they might have been replaced by consumption of higher strength wine and spirits.

You can learn more about how ‘white cider’ indexes within total alcohol sales in the following slides.

The reality of the 'white cider' consumer

  • 92% of white cider drinkers are in work and 62% are married or cohabiting 
  • 79% having an average household income of under £20K p.a.
  • Nearly two-thirds of white cider drinkers feel the media portrayal of the drink is unfair
  • When white cider consumers switch their purchases, it will often be to higher strength wine and spirits

You can learn more about the profile of an average ‘white cider’ consumer in the following slides.

The view from frontline professionals

  • 69% agree that there are not 'problem drinks' rather people who misuse alcohol and other substances
  • 81% believe a ban on certain products simply displaces misuse
  • 55% stated that misuse would switch to another substance, 38% believe that people in crisis would just spend a great proportion of their personal resources to continue misuse

To see the full results of the survey, please download the report here.

The view from consumers (drinkers and non-drinkers)

  • 74% of people think that if a substance is made more expensive, or supply is restricted, misuse will switch or more resources will be used to sustain misuse
  • Less than one in five think it is effective to target specific drinks or introduce measures like minimum unit pricing (MUP)

To see this entire survey, including demographic breakdowns, please download the report here.