New Zealand’s largest independent, dedicated cider producer, Zeffer Cider Co. has gone from strength to strength in the wake of a successful NZD$1.2million funding round last year - and is now seeking additional investment to capitalise on plans for 2018 and beyond.

Since the raise in March 2017, the company successfully launched into the Chinese market, achieving an impressive $365,000 in sales within its first full year, and has also established a new state-of-the-art cidery in Hawke’s Bay with the capacity to produce over two million litres of cider per annum.

Overall, the company has grown sales by 70 percent in the last year – from NZD$1.6 million to NZD$2.8 million – managing to exceed their FY18 forecast by over $140,000.

Zeffer has also recently enjoyed a number of awards successes – taking out the Champion title at the 2017 International Cider Awards in London, as well as the Champion Cider in the two Cider categories at the 2018 New World Beer and Cider Awards this week.

The company is now seeking an additional NZD$1.8 million in funding, based on a pre-investment valuation of NZD$8.26 million. Funds will be dedicated to helping the company further grow its footprint in the domestic market, as well as deliver on three clear strategic opportunities in order to sustainably grow to become an NZD$10 million+ revenue company by 2021.

Josh Townsend, Chief Executive at Zeffer, says they want to focus on continuing to grow the premium end of the domestic cider market and need to be well resourced to support retailers to do this. Premium cider is the fastest growing cider segment in grocery, growing at over 60% per annum and adding well over $2 million of incremental sales to the category last year.

With the international cider market currently expanding at an incredibly rapid rate – forecasted to grow by up to US$5.5 billion dollars over the next five years – one of the other major opportunities for the company lies in overseas markets.

“We already export to nine countries around the world. China is our largest market, and that’s one of the export markets we’re focusing our efforts for the next three years. This next funding round will be critical to helping us double down on our Chinese export strategy, partnering closely with local distributors, and recruiting additional human resources to drive these efforts – including a China Sales Manager to oversee our China sales team.

“At a local level, cider is already a $100million+ category and is growing faster than beer and wine. We want to support and work with key retailers to help further grow the category while capturing more market share, and we’ll be increasing human and marketing resources to achieve this. We are also opening a new taproom at the official home of Zeffer in Hawke’s Bay in October this year. It’s a truly exciting junction in the company’s growth story, and we’re looking forward to welcoming further Zeffer cider lovers as shareholders, to take part in the journey,” said Townsend.

The capital raise is now open, via the Snowball Effect platform.

For more information on Zeffer Cider, visit www.zeffer.co.nz.