Huddersfield drinks factory celebrates £1.4m boost

SOFT drinks firm Britvic is raising a glass to getting a £1.4m boost.

SOFT drinks firm Britvic is raising a glass to getting a £1.4m boost.

The company, famous for drinks including Pepsi, Tango and Robinsons, is investing the cash in Huddersfield.

The money will be used to increase production at the Birkby site and see millions more bottles rolling off the factory’s manufacturing lines each year.

The site has produced locally sourced Pennine Spring water since it first opened in 1871.

More recently it started to bottle the company’s range of Drench Spring Water.

Currently operating 24 hours a day, five days a week, the factory produces around 54 million bottles each year.

The new cash injection will see production boosted even further as the firm introduces its popular Juicy Drench drink to the manufacturing lines.

Ten new employees from the Huddersfield area have already been recruited to support the factory’s expansion.

With the investment, a further 18 million bottles are set to roll off the lines.

These will include all three Juicy Drench flavours which are Orange and Passionfruit, Cranberry and Raspberry and Blackcurrant and Apple.

Mick Howard, Britvic’s general manager for the northern region, said: “This investment is an important boost.

“This factory has been producing quality spring water for 140 years so it’s great that we’re still growing production.

“We’re proud of our record as a local employer. Developing the talent and skills of our people is core to our business so expanding the workforce here in Huddersfield is an important achievement.”

The Huddersfield factory is one of six Britvic manufacturing sites across the UK.

 

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