Lucozade Ribena Suntory is to install a new state-of the-art, energy-saving bottle filler at the company’s Coleford manufacturing site in Gloucestershire thanks to an investment from its parent company, Suntory Beverage & Food.
The investment will see approximately £10m spent on new production and processing equipment with a further £3m invested in local contractors who will build and install supporting infrastructure for the new line.
Helping to boost productivity and efficiency at the factory, the new filler will produce 1.3 million bottles a day and reduce water and energy use by 40%.
Chris Kane, supply chain operations director, said: “We see our Coleford factory as the heartbeat of our UK operations and we are proud that it is one of the most efficient factories across the globe. Our parent company, Suntory Beverage & Food recognises this status and their £13m investment is a vote of confidence in our UK and Gloucestershire operations, ensuring Coleford continues to be a best-in class site for years to come.”
The installation of the new filler will commence in spring 2019 and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.