Lucozade Ribena Suntory has launched a £13m production line that will drastically reduce its use of energy and water.
Installed at LRS’s factory in Coleford, Gloucestershire, the high-speed bottling line requires 40% less energy and water than its predecessor, filling 55,000 bottles an hour. It makes use of dry aseptic technology, which uses heat and pressurised air instead of water to clean bottles before they are filled.
“These efficiency improvements represent a 4.4% reduction of energy and water consumption for the Coleford site as a whole,” LRS said. It was “already one of the most efficient factories under the Suntory brand. This investment from parent company Suntory Beverage & Food is in recognition of the UK factory’s status and reflects the business’ ambition to reduce its impact on the environment.”
The launch of the production line forms part of LRS’s Growing for Good initiative to save energy and reduce the supplier’s impact on the environment.
The company had made “an important commitment to both the environment and our consumers” said LRS chief operating officer Carol Robert. “This investment is a vote of confidence by Suntory Beverage & Food in our UK and Gloucestershire operations, ensuring our factory in Coleford continues to be a best-in-class facility for years to come.”
It comes after Suntory Beverage & Food Europe set out a plan to move to 100% sustainable plastic bottles within a decade, fully moving away from virgin plastic derived from fossil fuels. The company said in September it would aim by 2030 to use only recycled or bioplastic.