Poor pear harvest in Herefordshire for perry
17 August 2010
Perry cider producers in Herefordshire say a poor harvest of the
pears means they may struggle to meet demand after a surge in
popularity in the drink.
Perry comes from perry pears which are smaller and more acidic
than other types. Conventional pear cider comes from a sweeter
Tom Oliver, from Oliver's Cider and Perry, said the crop was not
as good as last autumn's bumper harvest.
He said that the impact could be felt next year and could also
mean prices for the drink increase.
More people in the county are now being encouraged to plant pear
trees to help increase production although, perry usually comes
from trees that are 30 years old or more.
Mr Oliver, from Ocle Pychard, said the growth in demand has been
Allen Hogan, chairman of the Three Counties Cider and Perry
Association, said they were trying to identify new orchards.
"It's great news for us but the real problem is a shortage of
fruit this year," he said.
"The perry crop tends to alternate and last season it was
fantastic and this season it's not so good and, also people aren't
planting the trees unfortunately.
"But we'll try and get by.
"We're identifying small orchards that have been neglected for
years which is great news."
Source: BBC News Hereford & Worcester