UK – British soft drinks producer, Britvic, has officially opened the new canning line that is part of a £26.9million (US$ 27.41m) investment in the Rugby factory.

With the addition of the new line that is expected to boost total capacity by around 20 percent, the site has reached a total of four canning lines.

This takes total production at the facility which produces internationally known brands such as Tango, Pepsi, and 7UP to an impressive rate of just under half a million cans per hour.

Nigel Paine, supply chain director, added: “Britvic knows that a strong supply chain is fundamental to its continued success.

Having created a modern supply chain for the long-term with our Business Capability Programme, we’re now supercharging it with further investment.

“Consumers love the convenience and sustainability credentials of our cans and, with the increased capacity this new line brings, we’ll be able to put even more of them in their hands this summer and in summers to come.”

MP Mark Pawsey present during the launch commented that putting the sustainability agenda at the forefront, there is a need to ensure that packaging remains sustainable.

He applauded Britvic’s arrangement with Ardagh Group, which according to him, is a great example of minimizing the carbon footprint.

Pawsey added that is also vital that the sector continues to recycle as much as it can and the work which is ongoing at Britvic both for plastic and aluminum recycling is extremely positive.

Britvic is supplied with aluminum cans that are 100% recyclable and on average contain 74% recycled material from metal packaging manufacturer Ardagh Group.

Britvic posts 11.2% rise in revenue

The launch comes a week after the soft drinks maker reported a jump in revenues across its markets but warned sales could be hit in the months ahead as the cost of living begins to bite.

Tango brand owner said revenues grew by 11.2 percent from the same period last year, which is also a double-digit growth on 2019 levels as at-home sales in Britain boomed and the firm expanded in Brazil.

Simon Litherland, CEO of Britvic, said the growth reflected “continued resilient demand” but projects the demand could rescind.

In a statement, he added that the company is encouraged by this trading performance year to date although it expects the uncertain environment to continue to weigh on consumer confidence.

The company, in turn, stated it is focused on mitigating the impact of inflationary pressures on the soft drink business, however, noted the business has also become resilient to the heat of the economic uncertainties.

The British soft drinks company plans to set up a well-invested flexible operating model and a robust supply chain in the category.

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