Expansion for water firm

WORK is said to be “well underway” at the Highland Spring factory in Blackford, Perthshire, as the firm seeks to increase its bottling capacity through the creation of a new production line.

Carol Saunders, head of customer marketing for Highland Spring said the firm’s ongoing investment will increase capacity at its main Blackford site by 50%, “ensuring we are perfectly placed to meet future demand for bottled water”.
Quoting figures from IRI, Saunders said the plain bottled water market grew by 11.9% in 2016, and is “the second biggest volume contributor withiin soft drinks for the convenience channel,” with a volume share of 17%.
“In fact, it is the biggest growth contributor in total soft drinks, and we predict volumes will hit around 3.8 billion litres by 2020,” said Saunders.