The C&C Group has announced plans to close its cider mill in Shepton Mallet, Somerset as it seeks to consolidate production in Ireland. The company which is headquartered in Dublin employs 127 staff at the Somerset mill. Although the mill will close, it is understood that fruit pulping will continue at the site. The date of closure has yet to be confirmed, though it is expected to occur in Summer 2016. The trade union Unite criticised the decision to close the mill, arguing that shareholder profit was the main reason behind the decision. Unite also noted that the decision brought to an end a long tradition; the mill had operated in the town since 1770.