AN EXPANDING drinks business was visited by Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery.
Hill Farm Juice in Swanmore, supplies a host of shops, hotels and pubs, including the five-star Chewton Glen spa in the New Forest.
Mr Hollingbery met up with its owner Will Dobson, to discuss how the company is doing and its plans, including hiring an apprentice.
The company in Droxford Road, employs 10 people and makes a range of drinks, including the popular brands of Hampshire Cloudy Apple Juice and Cox & Bramley.
It supplies hotels, pubs and restaurants across the south and it is stocked in 20 branches of Southern Co-op.
The company also provides pressing and bottling services for several other brands.
Mr Hollingbery said: ‘This is another Meon Valley business success story and just shows that the rural economy here in Hampshire has so much to offer in terms of jobs and creativity.
‘Will’s team is making top-quality products that will go from strength to strength. I was particularly delighted to see that he has taken on an apprentice who will be able to carry on the industry into the future.’
Mr Dobson took over the company in 2013 and has been involved full time since 2008, but apple juice has been made at Hill Farm since the 1970s.
He said: ‘These are exciting times for Hill Farm Juice as we are expanding rapidly, led by entirely by customer demand.
‘It was good to talk to George about some finance options involving business people he knew in the industry.’