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Is Blackthorn an ethical beer, lager and cider brand?

Owned by C&C Group Plc, Blackthorn is one of The Good Shopping Guide’s top-rated cider brands within the Ethical Beer, Lager and Cider sectors. Blackthorn is an above-benchmark brand due to its high score and as a result, is eligible for Ethical Accreditation.

In order to be awarded with our prestigious Ethical Mark, all Blackthorn needs to do is contact us and apply so that we can provide it with an assessment and some tips on how to make some minor improvements.

If you wish to see how other brands within the Ethical Beer, Lager and Cider sector compare against Blackthorn, have a look at the Beer, Lager and Cider Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can teach you more about the criteria that a brand has to meet to achieve meeting our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide recommends that all brands follow in the footsteps of our top-rated brands and begin to introduce more ethical and sustainable policies.

What does Blackthorn receive a top rating for?

Blackthorn receives a top rating from The Good Shopping Guide for its Environmental Report. Blackthorn’s parent company C&C Group has a ‘Responsibility‘ section within its recent Annual Report. The section contains information about its reduction targets, including its goal to become Net Zero by 2050.

What does Blackthorn receive a bottom rating for?

Unfortunately, Blackthorn has a bottom score for our Organic and Vegetarian/vegan categories as it does not have any certified organic or plant-based products.

What can Blackthorn do to improve its score? 

Blackthorn’s score within The Good Shopping Guide is the outcome of an assessment of multiple ethical criteria.

Even though it already has an excellent score, Blackthorn could see its position on the Beer, Lager and Cider Ethical Ratings Table rise even further if it worked on its bottom score for our Organic category.

As it reaches our minimum Ethical Benchmark, all Blackthorn needs to do to receive our Ethical Mark and its benefits is to apply for Ethical Accreditation. By applying, we would give Blackthorn some advice on how to work on its bottom scores before awarding it with our logo.

Your Beer, Lager and Cider brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation. Take a look at The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables to see which other brands within the Ethical Beer, Lager and Cider sector have achieved our ethics and sustainability certification. If you would like more information about this sustainability certification, contact us or fill out a rapid initial ethical assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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