Britvic Ireland has announced a €6 million investment in its Ballygowan facility in Newcastle West, County Limerick, to increase production capacity by 20%.
The investment aims to meet the growing consumer demand for Ballygowan mineral water. It is also expected to create 28 new manufacturing jobs.
In addition to the new roles, the investment will provide additional bottling capacity for the equivalent of 50 million fully recycled and recyclable 500ml bottles of Ballygowan, enhancing the site’s production capability and sustainability credentials.
According to Ballygowan, sales of its products have undergone strong double-digit volume growth in recent years compared to pre-Covid levels.
Kevin Donnelly, managing director at Britvic Ireland, said: “We are incredibly proud of this latest milestone in Ballygowan’s journey as Ireland’s most loved and leading bottled water brand, and the benefits this investment will return for Britvic Ireland and the wider community in Newcastle West”.
Newcastle West is the home of Ballygowan mineral water, which has been produced and bottled at source since 1984. Britvic Ireland have been a local employer in Newcastle West since 2007. The facility currently employs 55 people in addition to the newly announced roles.
Ballygowan bottles are made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic (rPET) following a €2 million investment in the Newcastle West facility in 2021.
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