Britvic Ireland’s €6m investment in Ballygowan facility
The investment will provide additional bottling capacity for the equivalent of 50 million fully recycled and recyclable bottles
19 September 2023
Leading soft drinks company, Britvic Ireland, has announced an investment of €6 million in its Ballygowan facility in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Aiming to grow the site’s production capacity by over 20% in order to meet growing consumer demand for Ballygowan mineral water. Already employing 55 people, the investment has now created space for 28 new manufacturing jobs.
Ballygowan is Ireland’s number one bottled water brand with Newcastle West being the home and source of Ballygowan mineral water since 1984.
The investment will enhance production capability and provide additional bottling capacity for the equivalent of 50 million fully recycled and recyclable 500ml bottles of Ballygowan. The bottles are made from recyclable plastic (rPET) and when recycled correctly, rPET bottles can be reused continuously, becoming a key contributor to the circular economy and removing virgin plastic from the supply chain.
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Enterprise, trade and employment said: “I warmly welcome the creation of 28 new manufacturing roles at the facility, and the strategic investment in the sustainable, long-term production of Ballygowan mineral water.”
Kevin Donnelly, managing director at Britvic Ireland, said: “This investment will create new manufacturing roles for the local area, provide additional bottling capacity for the equivalent of 50 million 500ml bottles of Ballygowan made from fully recycled and recyclable plastic, enhance production capability, and underpin the strong sustainability credentials of our site. 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.”