We are excited to announce the launch of Red Love®, the UK’s first commercially available naturally red apple juice, which will be available online and in the vineyard shop from Saturday 14 November 2015.
Made using the juice pressed straight from an apple variety called Red Love®, the special edition apple juice is a vibrant red colour, clear not cloudy and contains no added colourants, sugars or chemicals. Also rich in healthy anthocyanins, Red Love® contains a higher concentration of anti-oxidants than the average white fleshed apple* and a 150ml serving of the juice will also contribute towards one of your five-a-day**.
Red Love® is an entirely British apple juice, being exclusively produced in Kent by Biddenden Vineyards, in conjunction with AG Thames, the only company with the rights to grow the variety in the UK for commercial purposes in conjunction with East Malling Research, where the trees are planted.
Julian Barnes, managing director at Biddenden Vineyards, said: “Red Love® juice has an incredible sweet and tangy taste, with a long lasting flavour from the good levels of tannins. A perfect base for cocktails, an exquisite non-alcoholic alternative at weddings and parties, ideal for children and diabetics, or just as an everyday drink, Red Love® is a new vibrant twist on the classic, much-loved apple juice drink.”
The limited edition Red Love® juice will be available in 1litre and 250ml bottles, with a naturally red cider scheduled for release in April 2016.
Francis Wheatley, Technical Manager at AG Thames, said: “We are very excited to be working with Biddenden Vineyards to create the UK’s first naturally red apple juice. Other red apple juices on the UK market tend to be coloured with ingredients such as Beetroot, but the Red Love® variety naturally produces a beautiful ruby red juice when it is pressed and filtered. The first Red Love® trees were planted at East Malling Research in June 2012 and we are thrilled to finally have the finished product. This is an exciting product for the market, particularly due to its high levels of anti-oxidants and health benefits. Working with Biddenden to develop the juice has ensured a consistent, high quality juice.”
Red Love® is a Swiss variety which has been developed over the past 25 years by Markus Kobelt, founder of plant nursery and fruit growers Lubera. Mr Kobelt, who describes Red Love® as complex and interesting; a real taste sensation, has cross-pollinated a range of red-fleshed, sweet and disease resistant apple varieties to create a naturally red skinned, red fleshed apple with a crisp and long lasting taste.
Red Love® apple juice will be in the vineyard shop and online and from independent retailers. To purchase online (from 14.11.15) please click HERE.