The Ramborn fairytale continues apace as the cider company quadruples production and becomes a model for the circular economy.
Just over a year since it was publicly launched, Ramborn has taken cider producing in Luxembourg to a new level. Now branded Ramborn Cider Co., the firm managed to quadruple production last year thanks to an unusually high and good quality harvest.
But that was not down to sheer luck. Ramborn has been working with local farmers to reinvigorate old apple growing traditions, says one of the company’s founders, Carlo Hein. It has even managed to add several new apple varieties to its stock.
The growth has allowed the company to take on six employees and, now that the communes of Mompach and Rosport have voted in favour of a fusion, it has access to what is effectively the largest orchard in Luxembourg.
Ramborn takes its responsibilities for the orchards seriously. It has conducted an analysis of the state of apple trees in the region and is working with the forestry service to plan future developments in the nurturing of orchards.
What’s more, Ramborn now says it is a model of the circular economy. Apples that have been pressed are sent to the biogas facility in Mullerthal and the company’s soft rebranding also includes a packaging redesign, with its ciders now available in new recyclable 0.33l bottles and new handy boxes of three or six and deposit cases of 12 bottles.
“Made in Luxembourg”
It also carries the “Made in Luxembourg” label, even though the cider is currently still bottled in the UK. But Ramborn has invested in a new press and hopes that in 2017 it will be able to carry out the whole production process in the Grand Duchy.
Ramborn produces three types of cider--the refreshing, golden CM Blend, the Somerset Blend which is a mix of Luxembourg and English cider, and the Ramborn Farmhouse, which is a traditional dry Luxembourg cider. Plans are also afoot to launch a pear cider--perry--this summer.
The cider is available in selected supermarkets and specialist retailers as well as at a number of bars and cafés including Urban, Bouneweger Stuff and the Buvette at Rotondes.