Kingsland bolsters bag-in-box capabilities by 50%
Manchester-based drinks supplier Kingsland Drinks is boosting its bag-in-box wine capabilities by around 50% with a six-figure investment in a new production line.
The new line, which will be operational in May 2021, will boost capacity to around 28m litres of boxed wine a year, and comprises a new filler, a pick and place and an end of line palletisation system. The company supplies bag-in-box wine to a number of the UK’s supermarkets in 1.5L, 2.25L and 3L formats.
The UK is currently one of the fastest growing markets for bag-in-box wines, with value up 25%, on volumes up 21% since the start of the pandemic, according to IRI (IRI Data 52 w/e to 1st November 2020).
Ed Baker, managing director at Kingsland Drinks, said the company had carefully expanded and upgraded its operations in recent years to enhance its offering. “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, due to changes in lifestyle and the fact that at-home drinking occasions are set to be a dominant feature of socialising,” he said.
“The pandemic has shone a well-deserved ligh
The investment follows the addition of a new canning line in 2020 which can fill around 80 million cans per year.