Harrogate Water managing director James Cain

Harrogate Water managing director James Cain

Harrogate Water to invest £6.5m into its bottling plant

Harrogate Water is pumping £6.5m into increasing capacity in the wake of another year of double-digit growth.

The investment will see the company’s original glass bottle filling line be replaced with a combination line, which can handle both glass and PET plastic production.

It complements an £8m investment in PET production in 2014 which has driven company growth of more than 60 per cent in the last two financial years.

Managing director James Cain said: “Continuing strong demand in both home and export markets makes further investment essential to remain ahead of the curve.

“The new production line will provide us with the capacity and flexibility to meet customer needs and compete more effectively in high-volume markets.

“Overall, the business has grown by more than 20% in the last year, vastly out-performing market growth of around 8%.”

Exports were boosted in 2016 by the launch of a new anti-roll bottle for the international air travel market, with sales surging to more than seven million bottles.

Harrogate Water is Britain’s largest independent bottled water supplier and its unique British heritage has led to it becoming the official water of Royal Ascot.

Marketing manager Nicky Cain added: “We have combined the heritage of Harrogate spa with an award-winning design to create an authentic brand, which epitomises British charm and style.

“With our sponsorship partners, particularly Royal Ascot and our new alliance with Keep Britain Tidy, we are achieving significant brand reach and recognition.”

The company’s production facility is one of the most modern and environmentally efficient in Europe and is already a showcase plant for German bottling machine manufacturer Krones, which is currently installing the new production line.