UK – Radnor Hills, one of the UK’s leading soft drinks manufacturers has expanded into the canned water segment through a £3.5 million (US$4.46 million) investment in a new canned spring water line.

The new canning line is capable of filling still, sparkling and infused products with a direct feed from boreholes. Radnor Hills will be launching the new canned spring water range into convenience stores in November available in 330ml cans.

Radnor Hills’ spring water is sourced from its farm in Powys, mid-Wales, which according to the company takes seven minutes to filter from the ground into a can. The cans are said to be its 100% recyclable with long shelf life.

William Watkins, owner and managing director of Radnor Hills said; “Installing our first ever canning line has been an exciting new adventure for us as a business, and we are so pleased to be able to offer our customers yet another format for their spring water and other products.”

Radnor Hills’ portfolio of canned drinks also includes its range of Radnor Fruits, which features a blend of 45% fruit juice and spring water.

The range was recently redesigned into a 330ml can, taking inspiration from the craft beer market and made using no added sugar, preservatives or artificial colours or flavours.

Two all-natural and completely unsweetened infused waters are the next product in Radnor Hills’ pipeline, following the rollout of its still and sparkling canned waters next month.

The company has also launched a new on-the-go natural energy drink Radnor Plus Energy is a new lightly sparkling water drink which comes in two flavours: Cranberry & Raspberry and Lemon & Lime.

Last year, the business moved the majority of its PET plastic bottles to 51% recycled plastic and has introduced a 100% recyclable new shape bottle for its Radnor Splash flavoured water range.