Beverage factory expands bag-in-box wine production capabilities with six-figure investment


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Kingsland Drinks has announced plans to increase its bag-in-box wine production capacities in 2021 with a six-figure investment in additional production line machines.

The Irlam company says it will strengthen its position as a full-service beverage company and capitalize on the growing bag-in-box industry.

The investment will increase the company’s capacity to package bag-in-box wines by 50%, for a total of more than 28 million liters per year.

Kingsland Drinks are currently packaging bag-in-box wines for several major UK retailers and contract packaging for a number of major brands.

The new line at the company’s Irlam site, Salford, builds on its existing bag-in-box infrastructure which provides 1.5L, 2.25L and 3L formats to some of the UK’s largest retailers. United.

It will be installed in two parts, a new filler will be installed in April 2021, followed by the installation of a pick and place system and end-of-line palletizing. The line should be fully operational by May 2021.

The UK is one of the fastest growing markets for bag-in-box wines, up more than 25% in value and 21% in volume since the start of the pandemic, with its freedom consumption, its longer lifespan once opened and its value for money requiring all consumers to buy in the sector.

Bag-in-box wine is also more efficient to transport compared to its bottled counterpart, resulting in a lower carbon footprint when transported across the UK. In addition, the outer carton and the inner bag are recyclable.

Ed Baker, Managing Director of Kingsland Drinks, said: “We pride ourselves on our ability to provide full category service and have carefully expanded and improved our operations in recent years to improve our offering.

“Many of our suppliers are keen to venture into new formats of wine and the bag-in-box is certainly the one that is adopted by consumers, due to lifestyle changes and the fact that the opportunities to drink at home. house are fast becoming a dominant feature. to socialize.

He added: “The pandemic has shed a much-deserved light on this format and it can only gain momentum as the industry educates consumers on its benefits. Bag-in-box wine is here to stay, and our investment means we approach the years to come with world-class experience and capabilities.

The investment is the latest in a considerable pipeline of developments for the company.

It added a new canning line in 2020 with the capacity to produce 80 million cans per year. The line is already producing cans for the new ready-to-drink brand Vin Crowd, which is now available in Co-op, Nisa and Costcutter.

Over the past six years, Kingsland Drinks has installed a carbonation line, reestablished its on-site cellar, introduced new high-speed bottling lines, expanded its NPD capabilities with a new lab focused on product development focused on future and knowledge, and improved its ability to bottle spirits and package new and emerging formats.

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