Ten Cornish artists shortlisted for national label design prize

ten finalists in the Healeys Cornish artist competition

Ten paintings created by budding Cornish artists have been shortlisted in a competition run by a leading cider producer to find the most iconic image of the county which will become the new label for its premium cider bottles.

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm offered amateur artists the chance to see their work immortalised on newly designed bottles of its Classic range of premium ciders and 45 talented painters entered the competition, which is being run in association with Newlyn School of Art.

Inspired by the theme of ‘iconic Cornwall’, entries paid homage to the county’s beautiful beaches, proud mining heritage and well-known local landmarks.

The submitted paintings were judged by a panel led by Kay Healey, founder of Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, renowned Cornish artist Glyn Macey and Cornwall Today magazine editor Kirstie Newton. The ten shortlisted paintings will now go on display at the cyder farm’s new visitor centre near Truro until February 21st.

Visitors to Healeys Cyder Farm will be able to see the finalists and vote for their favorite painting. You can also vote online at: http://thecornishcyderfarm.co.uk/news/cornish-artist-competition/

The winning creation will become one of a series of specially designed labels for Healeys’ Classic Range, which is sold nationwide. The winning artist will also receive a £500 cash prize.

Kay Healey from Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm said: “We are delighted by the fantastic response we had to this competition; it is really humbling. It was a real challenge to pick ten finalists, and many of the entries really ignited debate between the judges which was great. We look forward to seeing who the public picks as the winner, but I think everyone who entered should be very proud.

“We will pick a name at random from those voting, and they will receive a case of the new Healeys’ Classic Range when it is launched, as well as a day at the farm for the family with our compliments.”

Artist and fellow judge Glyn Macey said: “The standard of work is fantastic, and it’s really interesting to see the wide variety of styles and techniques people have used. The subjects artists have selected are all really iconic and show off Cornwall to its full potential. More than anything, I think this competition highlights the wonderful breadth and depth of the creativity that we have here in Cornwall. Well done to everyone who took part.”


The winning painting will feature on the premium cider bottles alongside creations by four of Cornwall’s most established artists, including Glyn Macey, who have created special pieces for the award-winning Classic range.

The four professional artists already selected for the project are: Melanie McDonald, whose paintings of Cornwall are focused on the surfing beaches around the Newquay area where she lives; Glyn Macey, who was born in Newlyn and now lives in Penzance, and produces paintings created in acrylic, mixed media and mark-making to capture the essence of the Cornish landscape; Richard Pearce, who lives and works on the Isles of Scilly and paints dramatic pictures of the rugged shores of Cornwall, and Paul Lewin, a leading contemporary landscape painter renowned for his paintings of the Cornish coastline, who also teaches at Newlyn School of Art.

The artistic labels will have pride of place on the Healeys’ Classic Reserve bottles. Left to rest in specially selected oak barrels in the Healeys cellars, this cider is bottled after it has picked up the exceptional flavours of the barrels in which it is matured.

All five pieces of art used for the labels will also be on display at Healeys throughout 2016.


Kay added: “To have secured four distinguished artists to create work for our premium cider range is fantastic and we are so pleased to be able to offer one lucky local artist the chance to exhibit their work alongside these established names.”


To find out more about Healeys, which also produces a range of award winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves, browse the website,  follow @HealeysCyder on Twitter or join Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm on Facebook.

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Tesco deal tops successful year for Cornish cider producer

Delivering Healeys Cornish Rattler Cyder to Tesco in South West England

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm is toasting a hugely successful year after clinching a deal with supermarket giant Tesco.

The family-run business has launched a new bite-size version of its award winning Rattler Cyder at Tesco stores across Cornwall and Devon.

Healeys, the largest cider maker in Cornwall, will produce the new 330ml version alongside its traditional 500ml bottle as it strives to keep up with demand for its award winning brews.

The partnership with Tesco comes as Healeys looks backs on a 2015, which includes the launch of a £3.5million state of the art production facility as well as deals with other national retailers and a host of industry awards.

Joe Healey, Commercial Director of Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, said: “2015 was an absolutely fantastic year for us here at Healeys. The whole team have put so much into making it a success, from supporting the launch of the new production facility to helping to increase our production capacity by 50 per cent.

“And it is fantastic to see all that hard work paying off with even more people now able to head to their local Tesco supermarket and see our collection of award winning ciders and fruit juices on the shelves.”

Available in packs of eight, the 6% Rattler original cyder is on sale at around 40 Tesco Extra and superstores across the region with plans for it to be sold country-wide in the future.

Chris Gee, Tesco’s Customer Manager for Beers, Wines and Spirits said: “We work hard to provide shoppers with the best possible range of quality ciders, and are delighted to be able to offer them a little taste of Cornwall

“This new partnership with Healeys is a fantastic example of how by building open and honest partnerships with local suppliers, we can deliver and innovate for customers.”

For the first time in its history, Healeys were able to move to 24 hour production as more than 1,500 tonnes of apples were pressed and transformed in to bottles of cider and handcrafted juices in response to customer demand.

The boost came with the launch of the company’s £3.5million state of the art production facility earlier this year. Dramatically increasing output, the new equipment allows the Healeys team to process up to 6,000 bottles an hour, helping to improve quality and introduce its popular drinks to a wider market.

Joe added: “Rattler has been at the top of the list for cider lovers since it was first created almost 10 years ago so we wanted to offer people more choice.”

The eight packs are also available direct from the Healeys farm and visitor attraction near Truro and via the online shop by logging on to www.healeyscyder.co.uk, where you can find out more about the family-run business and its range of award winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves.

The company, established in 1986 by Kay and David Healey, has also launched a new cloudy Cornish cider for Marks and Spencer and received accolades for Rattler, Cornish Gold cyder and Cornish Apple Juice at the British Bottlers Institute national awards ceremony.

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Visitor numbers soar as Cyder Farm becomes one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions

Healeys Cyder Farm Visitors Centre

Our award winning Cornish cider farm has become one of the county’s most popular tourist destinations with over 400,000 people visiting the attraction last year.

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm is the largest cider maker and orchard in Cornwall and famous for brewing and bottling a range of ciders, wines and fruit juices.

Guided tours, tractor rides, free cider tastings and a menagerie of animals have all helped to entice huge numbers of visitors to the family-run business near Truro over the past 12 months.

And thanks to major investments including the opening of a new visitor centre along with a new production facility, numbers are expected to continue to rise further throughout 2016.

Joe Healey, Commercial Director at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, said: “We are really pleased to have welcomed so many people to the farm this year, showing them everything from the art of cider making and barrel-loads of England’s oldest whiskey on our guided tours, to our jam making kitchen and collection of friendly farmyard animals.

“We have invested a huge amount in to making Healeys a popular and successful business and visitor attraction and can’t wait to welcome even more people this year.”

Highlights of one of Healeys busiest years to date, include the launch of a £3.5million state of the art production facility as well as deals with national retailers and a host of industry awards.

For the first time in its history, Healeys was also able to move to 24 hour production as more than 1,500 tonnes of apples were pressed and transformed in to bottles of cider and handcrafted juices in response to customer demand.


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Healey’s Ham with Rattler and Scrumpy Mustard

Healeys Rattler & Scrumpy Mustard Ham

Healeys head chef and restaurant manager Leroy Saundry rustles up a show stopping glazed ham cooked in Rattler Cyder –  perfect for the Christmas Day dinner table and even more delicious served with cheese and crackers on Boxing Day.

Approx 30 servings.


For the ham –

4.5 lb gammon

1.5-2 litres of Rattler Cyder


For the glaze –

1 jar or Healey’s Scrumpy Mustard

2 tablespoons demerara sugar

Mixed herbs

Ham preparation with bottles of Cyder Preparation – Soak with water or Rattler Cyder



Soak ham overnight in water or for an added fruity bite, use Rattler Cyder.

Preheat an oven to 170ºC (160ºC fan)

Score the ham fat and smother with Healeys Scrumpy Mustard, mixed herbs and demerara sugar.

Put the ham in an oven-proof dish and cover with Rattler.

Roast at 170ºC for four hours.

Once cooked, take the ham out of the oven and leave to rest for half an hour. Cut the skin off, leaving a thin layer of fat.

Then carve.

Serve and enjoy with Healeys Green Bean Chutney, Hot and Spicy Tomato Chutney and Scrumpy Apple Chutney.


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Toast National Sausage Week with a Rattler banger

Rattler Sausages served daily at Healeys Cyder Farm Restaurant

We are celebrating National Sausage Week and getting ready to enjoy some fireworks on bonfire night with our own tasty Rattler sausages.

These delicious spicy bangers are created using our own secret Healeys know how, blended with the crisp and fruity award winning cider. The meat comes from our very own pigs reared here at Healeys and fed on apple pulp from our cider press, helping to bring an extra rich fruitiness to the sausages.

We serve up our special Rattler sausages in the Healeys restaurant daily.

And if this blog has given your a first for Rattler Cyder the full range can be found in our new Visitor’s Centre or from the Online Shop.

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Multiple awards win for Healeys

Multiple awards win for Healeys

Multiple awards win for Healeys

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm is celebrating after three of its products won accolades at a national awards ceremony.

Cornish Gold cyder, Rattler original and Cornish Apple Juice were the toast of the British Bottlers Institute (BBI) annual dinner awards which aims to showcase excellence across the drinks industry.

Healeys Cornish Apple Juice was given particular praise, scooping gold in the fruit juice category for the second year in a row.

The business and visitor attraction near Truro competed against a record number of entrants in this year’s BBI competition, which was founded in 1953 to recognise good quality bottling and packaging of tipples including ale, lager and cider as well as water and soft drinks.

Joe Healey, Commercial Director at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, said: “We are delighted to have won three awards at the prestigious BBI awards for some of our great products. We are particularly pleased to have been praised for our packaging and bottles as we have invested in a new state of the art bottling plant onsite this year.

“Winning gold for our Cornish Apple Juice two years running highlights our consistency to deliver great tasting products which are made right here in the heart of Cornwall.”

Healeys was awarded a diploma for its Cornish Gold in the ciders abv 4%-5.4%, the silver award for Rattler Original in ciders abv 5.5% and gold for the second year in a row for its Cornish Apple Juice in the fruit juices category.

The winners were presented with their medals and certificates at the annual BBI awards dinner held on Friday 22nd October at the Vintners’ Hall, London.

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Pressing time for Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm’s harvest

Apples in Healeys orchards in Cornwall

Healeys Cyder Farm are pressing even more apples this autumn after increasing its production capacity by 50 per cent.

Strong sales of established brands like Rattler and Cornish Gold have helped send production at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm into overdrive, and it’s set to be a busy few months for the team at the cider makers and visitor attraction near Truro.

Apples are carefully pressed so they can be transformed into thousands of bottles of cider and hand-crafted fruit juices, which are sold nationwide.

Joe Healey, Commercial Director at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, said: “We have a very short window to harvest and press the apples, so it becomes a 24 hour operation to make sure we gather as much juice as we can from the fruit. Last year we pressed 950 tonnes of apples, but this year we are already expecting to press more than 1,500. These apples will be used to produce our award-winning range of ciders and fruit juices on sale for the coming year so it is very important to process as much as possible while the time is right.”

After planting its first orchards in 1986, Healeys Cyder Farm now grows nine different varieties of apples on site. Blending sweet, bittersweet and bitter-sharp varieties, they create their own uniquely tasting cider.

This year’s harvesting began in September with the pressing machines whirring to life for the short season. Around 28 tonnes of apples can be processed every day at the family owned and run farm, with up to three tonnes pressed every hour during the harvest.

It takes around two days to press enough juice to fill a 50,000 litre tank at Healeys. When a tank is full, yeast and nutrients are added to boost fermentation before a team of master cider makers transform the matured alcohol into the award-winning Healeys range of drinks.

Joe added: “I love harvest and pressing time here at Healeys. The sweet smell of apples fills the farm and it is a great time of the year for people to visit us, as they can see for themselves how our cider and juices are created, and follow the journey from the apples being picked in our orchard, to cider being bottled and sold in our shop. It’s a perfect way to share our passion for creating the best products we can. ”

Healeys runs regular tours of its bottling plant and orchard, as well as operating a recently expanded visitor centre where you can learn more about how some of the county’s tastiest drinks are made – and sample some for yourself at the same time.

Healeys also produces wines, spirits and preserves, and recently signed a deal with major retailer Marks & Spencer to create a new cloudy Cornish Farmhouse Cyder to be sold in 468 of its stores around the UK.

The deal followed the unveiling of Healeys new £3.5million state of the art production facility, which can run 6,000 500ml bottles an hour.

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Healeys’ cyder to be sold in Marks & Spencer

Healeys Cyder Farm has created a new brand known as Cornish Cloudy Farmhouse Cider specifically for retail giant Marks & Spencer.  The product will be stocked in 468 stores throughout the UK.

 Joe Healey and the new Healeys' brand resized

With the sort of bite that has made the company’s Rattler brand so popular, the new cider has an alcohol content of 6 per cent.  Successfully selling it to Marks & Spencer comes hot on the heels of the official opening of Healeys new £3.4m production facility which has dramatically increased output.

“We now have a fully automated line capable of running six thousand 500ml bottles an hour,” said Commercial Director Joe Healey.  “It is a major investment that not only allows us to move into much bigger markets but also to improve quality – temperature-controlled fermentation, for example, ensures the very best conditions for yeast to ferment.

“The Marks & Spencer contract is highly significant for us and we’re delighted to be working with such a prestigious retailer.”

Healeys Cyder Farm was first established on its current site by Kay and David Healey in 1986.  Since then the business has gone from strength to strength – both as a high quality drink producer and as one of Cornwall’s most successful attractions.  Visitors can tour the new facility via an aerial walkway which provides an excellent view of the production process below.


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South West MEP applauds Healeys expansion

Ashley Fox, Conservative MEP for the South West of England & Gibraltar, visited the newly expanded state-of-the-art production facility, that also doubles as a visitor centre, at Healeys Cyder Farm in Cornwall. The new facility cost approximately £3.4m and was part funded by a grant from the European Agricultural Fund.

“This new facility is the Crown Jewel here at Healeys Cyder Farm. It will allow us to massively expand production to satisfy our growing customer base and at the same time offer a new experience to our ever increasing number of visitors,” comments Mr Sam Healey. “It was good to show Ashley around not just the new facility but also the wide range of products that we also produce here – including England’s oldest whiskey”

Mr Fox, after the visit, said “Healeys Cyder Farm successfully combines tourism and cider production. I am delighted that they have managed to pull off this exciting project and that they successfully secured funding to make it all possible. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and if I happened to try a few of the products on offer – well who can blame me”.

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A brand new state-of-the-art production facility that also doubles as a visitor centre has been hailed a ‘winner’ by Alison Webster, Director of Rural Development for the Rural Payments Agency who officially opened the complex.

Explaining to an audience of about 100 guests that she had chaired the group which made the decision to allocate £1.3m from the European Agricultural Fund towards the building cost – about one third of the total bill of £3.4m – Mrs Webster said she liked ‘to invest in winners’.

“There were three elements to this bid that impressed us,” she said.  “The first is that it will contribute to the development of Cornwall’s food brand, second, it will help build tourism and third it is already creating good quality jobs in an area that needs them.”

In a bold move, Joe and Sam Healey, who hosted the event and have been the main drivers behind the new facility that has taken just eight months to construct, chose to commence production on the same day as the official opening.

“Life has been very busy but we couldn’t be happier with the end result and are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped bring the project in on time and to such a high specification – there’s nothing like it in the UK,” said Joe.  “This time last year we hadn’t even appointed architects and plans weren’t submitted for approval until May.  That came through in mid June and the builders’ trucks rolled in the very next day.

“We wanted today to be special so it seemed only right to give Alison Webster the task of pressing the button to start the bottling process, as well as cutting the ribbon to access the stairs that spiral round our new two-storey cyder vat.  Thankfully everything went well and guests seemed genuinely fascinated and impressed by all they could see from our aerial walkway. Now we’re really looking forward to welcoming members of the public who would like to see the facility too.”

As well as being given a tour of the building, launch visitors were treated to canapés and a buffet lunch that included jams, chutneys, scones and other produce made on site, all washed down with a refreshing glass of Healeys’ Cornish Gold, Rattler or apple juice.

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Boardmasters 2014: The Rattler ‘Festival Wall of Fame’

We called upon our Rattler fans to share their festival photos from Boardmasters 2014, and we weren’t disappointed.

From the skies to the soundstage, we’ve chosen your best salutes to the #cydermasters for our ‘Festival Wall of Fame’. Give yourselves a pat on the back, some Rattler goodies are on their way to you.

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