Source: Kingsland Drinks

The supplier’s new production line will be operational by May

Kingsland Drinks is betting big on bag-in-box wines.

The Salford-based supplier is ploughing a six-figure sum into upping its production capabilities for bag-in-box by 50% – meaning it will be able to pack more than 28 million litres of wine in the format per year.

The project will see a new filler fitted in April, followed by a pick-and-place and end-of-line palletisation system, with the new production line expected to be fully operational by May 2021.

Bag-in-box sales have surged amid the pandemic, with sales up 25% over the year to 1 November 2020 alone [IRI].

“Bag-in-box wine is also more efficient to transport versus its bottled counterpart, resulting in a lower carbon footprint when transporting around the UK,” said Kingsland Drinks.

Kingsland MD Ed Baker added: “Many of our suppliers are keen to venture into new wine formats and bag-in-box is certainly one that is being embraced by consumers.”

This was “due to changes in lifestyle and the fact that at-home drinking occasions are set to be dominant feature of socialising”.