Drinks company C&C Group has opened its Orbital West facility in Heathrow as owners look to boost capacity and expand operations.

C&C Group, which owns the likes of Tennent’s, Magners, Bulmers and wine company Bibendum, is moving from its former London depot to the new site, which is around 40% bigger. 

At 113,600 sq ft, the Orbital West depot will feature an improved racking system, designed specifically to support Bibendum’s premium wine operations, and aims to improve the efficiency of C&C’s distribution service in London.

Andrea Pozzi, C&C’s chief operating officer, said the opening of Orbital West is an “important milestone” for the group, adding: “Our new depot is crucial for our growth plans, allowing us to streamline our operations through advanced technology which will enable us to service our customers in and around London more effectively.”

The facility was also designed with sustainability in mind, with features including solar panels and zero emission vehicles.

Pozzi said: “We are proud of the environmental initiatives we have invested in at Orbital West, which highlight the central role our depots play in our journey to become a carbon neutral business and C&C’s ongoing commitment to minimise our impact on the environment and the communities in which we operate.”