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Radnor Hills completes £3.5m production investment
Radnor Hills, one of the UK’s leading soft drinks manufacturers, will launch a new canned spring water range next month.
Having been dedicated to producing quality bottled spring waters and soft drinks for the last 30 years, Radnor Hills is extending its packaging portfolio to embrace the can.
Its new canning line is the result of a £3.5m investment and will be capable of filling still, sparkling and infused products with a direct feed from 12 boreholes on its land.
The pure spring water is sourced from the company’s family farm in Powys, mid-Wales, where it takes just seven minutes to filter from the ground into a can.
The 330ml aluminium cans are 100% recyclable, transport efficient and provide a 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 school compliant range, Radnor Fruits, which is a blend of 45% fruit juice and spring water. The range has also been recently redesigned into a 330ml can and contains no added sugar, preservatives or artificial colours or flavours, and contributes to one of your five a day.
Two all-natural and completely unsweetened infused waters are the next product in Radnor Hills’ pipeline.
Started in 1990 by fifth generation farmer William Watkins, the business was founded with the help of a Welsh Government match-funding grant for farm diversification and a £20,000 family investment. Early customers included McDonald’s and a number of airlines. Today, the company employs 170 people and is a £47m business.