Best of the West

Staff reportersSouth Western Times
Newton Orchards have been perfecting a cider made from locally grown, aesthetically imperfect apples.
Camera IconNewton Orchards have been perfecting a cider made from locally grown, aesthetically imperfect apples.

South West producers are featured in a special lift-out published in the West Australian today.

The Buy West Eat Best lift-out features various producers including Ha Ve Harvey Cheese, Harvey Fresh, Margaret River Free Range Eggs and more.

The lift-out showcases innovative practices taking place in the South West, including Newton Orchards’ recent move into apple cider, which was hatched from the desire to reduce food wastage.

Each year 7.3 million tonnes of food is thrown out, including aesthetically imperfect fresh produce.

Newton Orchards’ solution to waste is locally-handcrafted apple cider.

The Manjimup producers have spent 12 months perfecting the new range of On the Shoulders of Giants cider, produced from locally-grown “bad apples”.

“If you closed your eyes and took a bite, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference in eating quality,” Newton Orchards communications and marketing director Nic Giblett said.

“When you buy cider made from Australian apples you know you’re supporting the sustainability of local food systems,” she said.

The apples were previously sold at a significant loss or simply thrown out.

Check out what our region’s growers are up to in the Buy West Eat Best lift-out in today’s West Australian.

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