A Birmingham based cider maker’s £10 million investment in its south west site has seen an increase in production to around four million pints a week.

Aston Manor, the UK’s largest independent cider maker, has doubled its workforce to 80 at its plant at Tiverton in Devon, which the company acquired three years ago.

Sales at Aston Manor were £106 million in 2011, up from £79 million in 2010.

Managing director Peter Ellis, son of former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis, said the company was “well placed in export and premium cider markets.”

“What we have achieved has been better than we might have hoped – which gives us the confidence to invest further and make an excellent operation even better,” he said.

Aston Manor, established in 1983, has over 300 acres of orchards in Malvern and produces Frosty Jack's 7.5% strength cider.