Kingsland Drinks reveals its £1.2 million canning line

Kingsland Drinks has expanded its operations in Manchester to include a new £1.2 million canning line. 

The investment aims to catapult the drinks company into the canned wine market, which is promising significant growth in the UK, driven by trends towards convenience and sustainability. 

The new line has the capability to produce 80 million cans per year, with the potential to increase with demand. The first run is for a new canned wine brand for a major retailer, to be announced shortly. 

Ed Baker, managing director at Kingsland Drinks, said: “Our investment in the canning line taps directly into consumer appetite for a trend we are confident will continue to gain momentum in the years ahead. Our investment places us at the forefront of the canned wine segment with a new capability which further asserts our position as a destination drinks company offering a full category solution.”

The £1.2 million investment is the latest in a pipeline of development for the company, which was originally owned by The Co-operative Wholesale Society in the 1960s. Around this time the company invested in its first filling lines as it moved into the growing market for wine. It then acquired Stratford Wines and Bottle Green Wines.

In the last five years Kingsland has installed a carbonation line, reinstated its onsite winery, introduced new high-speed bottling lines, expanded its NPD capabilities with a new laboratory focused on insights-driven product development, and upgraded its capacity to bottle spirits and package new and emerging formats. 

Baker said: “Our site in Irlam presents the industry with a unique full category solution and our investment in the canning line builds on a relentless legacy of careful expansion and enhancement of our capabilities. We step into 2020 with optimism and excitement for the year ahead.”

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