Apple donors box and bottle with simon from Hawkes Cider


Do you love apples? Love them so much you buy way too many and have a load sitting in your fruit bowl?

Well… BrewDog-owned urban cidermakers, Hawkes, is making a stand against apple wastage.

With over 2.5 million apples going to waste every day in the UK, this urban cidery is calling for the nation to take charge of wasted apples’ destiny, by introducing an apple mail-in box.

As a pint-loving nation, Hawkes knows we don’t want to see any cider to go to waste. The brand-new apple mail-in box now encourages Brighton to join in on saving perfectly good apples, simply by ordering online and filling it up, up to 10kg.

Acquired by BrewDog in 2018, Hawkes was born out of founder Simon Wright’s realisation that people had thousands of apple trees, spread across allotments, gardens and growing wild. While people had the apples, they didn’t always know what to do with them. Many would be left to rot. Until Hawkes started making cider.

From 2019’s apple drive, Hawkes has already created a cider, called THIS IS LONDON, which launched on Thursday 13 August. In order to understand the real terroir of London Apples, Hawkes fermented all of them together to create a cider made of 100% donated London apples. This year, Hawkes wants to discover what a cider made from Brighton’s apples is like.

Available in UK bars and online, 100% of the profits of the THIS IS… range are donated to Social Orchards Urban Planting. The charity recognises the benefits that an orchard can bring to a community and is dedicated to the aim – to ensure every household in the UK’s town and cities be within walking distance of a productive, well-cared-for, community-run orchard.

The new mail-in box opens the initiative up to receive donations from nationwide. Hawkes’s vision is to produce localised ciders to add to the THIS IS…range next year, with a hope to engage with Brighton too.

Simon Wright, founder of Hawkes says “The year I started our Cidery I spent my whole summer driving round picking up unloved apples, and there were so many more that I just couldn’t manage. This year we’re making a bold statement, to show the people of the UK how bad apple wastage is in our country. Now it’s up to you, to send us your apples!”

To donate some apples simply visit, order a box, and send it back via pre-paid courier.

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