Contract bottler Encirc has appointed John Hawkins as general manager to oversee operations at its Cheshire plant.

Hawkins joins Encirc from soft drinks manufacturer Refresco Gerber, where he spent six years as contract manufacturing director, he has worked in the drinks industry for 20 years.

He said: “Encirc is a successful business with a long-standing reputation for delivering high quality bottling products and solutions. Beverages is a key part of Encirc’s unique proposition and adds significant value to the offering.

“The facilities at Elton are world class and I’m looking forward to working with the team as we continue to develop these and realise even greater achievements in the future.”