- Who are Cawston Press?
- Where can I buy your drinks?
- Have the drinks in your cans changed?
- How many calories are there in your cans?
- Do you use natural sweeteners like stevia?
- Are your drinks vegan?
- What’s the difference between ‘concentrate’ and ‘not from concentrate’ juice?
- Do you use wonky fruit?
- Are your drinks okay for children?
- Can I recycle your can and cartons?
- How much fruit juice should I be drinking per day?
- Can I find Cawston Press outside the UK?
Who are Cawston Press?
We’re a group of people who all know and care about good quality fruit and ingredients. A collective of growers, foodies, buyers and technical experts all united by the desire to make great tasting drinks.
We’ve been pressing fruit for the last 30 years. It all began with the humble apple, and we’ve been growing ever since. Today, our drinks are inspired by ingredients straight from the great British kitchen garden, from rhubarb to elderflower.
We started Cawston Press because we were frustrated by the lack of quality soft drinks made from natural ingredients, without the preservatives and other nasties that gave soft drinks a bad name.
We use simple ingredients, picked at their peak then pressed in a can or a carton. Simple, really.
Where can I buy your drinks?
You’ll find us in most of the big supermarkets, including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys and Ocado. However you’re just as likely to spot us in health food shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs and delis up and down the UK too.
Have the drinks in your cans changed?
We’ve changed our cans, yes. We’ve taken out all of the added sugar.
But why was it there in the first place?
Well, we’ve never seen sugar as the root of all evils. As with most of life’s great pleasures, it’s just a question of moderation. We’ve always believed natural is best. That’s why we chose to use sugar rather than artificial sweeteners and why you won’t find concentrates, syrups, shortcuts or nasties in our recipes.
Nevertheless, we know more and more of you are worried about the amount of sugar in your food and drink. You’re looking to cut down on sugar where you can, but you still want things to taste good. We hear you. That makes a lot of sense to us, too.
So as of April, we’ve taken out all the added sugar in our recipes and upped the amount of pressed fruit juice instead. They’re crisper and drier than before. And because we’ve added more fruit, the flavours pop even more. Our Ginger Beer is more fiery because we’ve used three different gingers. Our Elderflower Lemonade is more fragrant, more zesty and refreshing.
Our new cans have ‘no sugar added’ on the front, so keep an eye out for them. It may take a little while for them to show up in your local shop (but if you ask them nicely, they might be able to tell you when they’ll be getting new stock).
How many calories are there in your cans?
All of our cans come in at under 90 calories, now that we’ve taken out all the added sugar. In fact, we’ve worked out we’ll be taking 300 tonnes of added sugar out of our fizzy drinks this year alone. We’re really proud to be able to say that. It feels like a big step forward.
Do you use natural sweeteners like Stevia?
No. We gave Stevia a go, because we liked that it’s a natural product but it had an odd aftertaste that none of us liked. Sometimes we spend months in the kitchen getting the blend just so. If we don’t love it, we don’t make it.
Are your drinks vegan?
Absolutely. None of our ingredients come from animals, in any shape or form. And they’re all naturally caffeine-free, sodium-free and gluten-free, with no GM ingredients.
What’s the difference between ‘concentrate’ and ‘not from concentrate’ juice?
Our recipes are just that – recipes, dreamed up in a kitchen, not a lab but we get this question a lot, so let’s talk science for just a moment.
‘Concentrate’ is made by heating juice under a vacuum, to remove up to 80% of the water. Then enzymes are added, to make it clear rather than cloudy. This whole process changes the colour and flavour of the juice. Before it’s bottled and sold, the water is added back in, along with extra flavours to make up for the ones that were lost.
‘Not from concentrate’ juice (like ours), is made just by pressing the fruit. That’s it. We just flash pasteurise it to kill off the natural yeasts and bacteria, so far more of the flavour and goodness stays in.
We think that when you have the best ingredients, they should be handled with care. The more you process them, the less you can taste their true flavour. That’s why we only use pressed fruit juice. Nothing else comes close.
Do you use wonky fruit?
The only test our ingredients have to pass is a taste test, not a beauty parade. We don’t care if it’s too big or a bit wonky.
All that matters to us is that we’re making the best tasting drinks we can. And if we can stop perfectly good food going to waste at the same time, then that makes us happy too.
Are your drinks okay for children?
Our Fruit Waters are perfect for younger palettes (4 or older) and school-approved too. They’re just pressed juice and water – with absolutely no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Can I recycle your cans and cartons?
Yes – and not just our cans and cartons. All our packaging, like trays, straws, wraps and the like are made from 100% recyclable materials. To recycle our straws you simply have to push them back in the carton after you’ve finished and, assuming you put it in the recycling bin, the rest will be taken care of.
Most councils in the UK recycle cartons – including the plastic caps and straws we use for our cartons. If you’re not sure about what can or can’t be recycled in your area, talk to your local council.
How much fruit juice should I be drinking per day?
150ml fruit juice is 1 of your five a day and the NHS recommends you drink this amount each day as part of a healthy diet. We would however never recommend swapping fruit juice for whole fresh fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables when eaten in their usual whole form have more vitamins, minerals and fibre than fruit juice.
Can I find Cawston Press outside the UK?
Yes, you’ll find us in more than 20 countries around the world. If you’re interested in selling our drinks, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org