This Somerset cider-maker has donated alcohol-free cider to frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis, as well as £1m worth of free cider to British pubs and bars to support their reopening. Thatchers was founded almost 120 years ago and now grows 458 apple varieties in its 500 acres of orchards. Managing director Martin Thatcher, 52, is the fourth generation of the family to lead the company and has spearheaded its modernisation, investing £18m in its cider production, creating TV adverts and launching its first lemon cider. These investments helped the firm grow sales in 2019 to £106.6m.
|Operating profit £m||11.9|
|Main shareholders||Thatcher family (100%)|
* supplied by company † annualised figure ‡ profit = ebitda