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1 minute read - 14th February 2024

Lidl and Schwarz Produktion open new UK bottling plant

Lidl GB and Schwarz Produktion are continuing their ongoing investment in Great Britain with the opening of a new bottling production plant in Foston near Derby. The facility has recently started supplying Lidl stores across Great Britain and will bottle water and produce a variety of soft drinks, with a production capacity of 380 million bottles per year.

The plant, called MEG Derby, is part of Schwarz Produktion, the umbrella brand of the Schwarz Group’s production companies. MEG is one of Germany’s leading mineral water and soft drink manufacturers, and this marks their first venture in Great Britain.

By localising production, the move will simplify transport logistics and significantly reduce the distance its products travel to stores, thereby improving Lidl’s carbon footprint and reducing costs. The plant will also provide a boost to the local economy with the creation of around 90 new jobs.

The Lidl and Schwarz Produktion UK investment plan continues with the opening of a new bottling plant in Foston near Derby – the facility is capable of producing 380 million bottles per year / Picture: Lidl GB

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Richard Bourns, chief commercial officer at Lidl GB, said: “This new venture with MEG Derby marks a significant milestone in our commitment to improving efficiency, reducing our impact on the environment and providing our customers with great quality products at the lowest possible prices. Bringing production of this key product closer to home makes sense and aligns with Lidl GB’s vision of contributing positively to the local community and economy.”

Jörg Aldenkott, CEO at Schwarz Produktion, added: “The inauguration of MEG Derby represents a pivotal moment for Schwarz Produktion. As our first venture in Great Britain, it underscores our commitment to sustainable growth, and will allow us to serve Lidl stores across Great Britain. As one of the leading soft drink and mineral water manufacturers in Germany we know investments like these pay off, and I can’t think of a better place to do it than in Great Britain.”

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