Ex-employee Adrian relaunches Woodbury drinks company three months after it ceased trading

PUBLISHED: 11:50 07 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:50 07 May 2015

A lotta bottle: Adrian Setter from Sunnyhaye Drinks. Ref exe 4635-18-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A lotta bottle: Adrian Setter from Sunnyhaye Drinks. Ref exe 4635-18-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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A man who gave four years of his life to a Woodbury drinks company has relaunched the firm after it ceased trading.

Adrian Setter, 55, had been manager at Sunnyhaye Fruit Farm before it stopped production in September last year, writes Daniel Wilkins.

Three months later, he entered into negotiations with the farm owners to revive the brand.

With the help of South West Investment Group (SWIG), Adrian agreed to rent the premises and all the equipment.

He started producing fruit juice straight away in an effort to get his stock levels up.

Adrian said: “I had put my heart and soul into the business and to just walk away was going to be very difficult. I knew I could make it successful.

“My plan is to produce a range of high-quality, natural juices and soft drinks made from the finest fruits and ingredients.”

He now supplies apple, mango and ginger-flavoured fruit juices to business such as The Swan in Lympstone and Greendale Farm Shop, at Woodbury.

Development has begun on making lemonade, ginger beer and elderflower presse soft drinks.

Devon-born Adrian moved back to the area after 22 years of living and working in London. He had been working as a painter when he was asked to work on the renovation of Sunnyhaye’s farm house.

It was during this time, Adrian was asked if he wanted to work at the farm.

He added: “I was travelling all over the country, living out of hotels and it was taking a lot out of me.

“I decided that if I was going to change, it might as well change completely.”

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