The team behind The Big Bear Cider Mill is preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign to take the business to the next level.

Big Bear Cider MillThe business comprises a large apple-to-can facility based in Essex, aiming to produce craft cider on a large scale.

Managing director, Mark Hughes, said: “The UK cider market is worth £2.8 billion per annum, with craft cider currently making up £112 million of this, and we want to be a big part of this.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for us as we’ve been offered an opportunity to supply a premium supermarket with 300,000 litres of our cider a year.”

More details will be revealed soon.