Greencroft Bottling has invested £3m to increase its capacity by 25%, meaning the company can now fill up to 90,000 bottles and boxes of wine per hour.

The two new lines at Greencroft means the company now has a total of seven production lines, including bag-in-box and TetraPak facilities as well as new packing and labelling machines. The company can now pack 187ml and 75cl single serve, 250ml, 70cl, 75cl and litres in glass and PET.

The County Durham-based company is now one of the largest bottling facilities in the UK, and it also claims to be one of the most environmentally-friendly as it is powered predominantly by renewable energy.

Mark Satchwell, managing director of Greencroft Bottling, said: “We understand business doesn’t stand still and so we’re constantly seeking new ways to further improve the excellent service we provide to our customers. As a contract bottler we always try to have significant headroom to meet the needs of our customers whenever they need us and are already working on plans to grow our facilities even further.

“Our ongoing investments in both leading edge bottling technology and our renewable energy creation mean that not only are we able to offer world class facilities right here in the UK, but also carbon savings on the final product, a fact we know is increasingly important to consumers.

Greencroft Bottling Ltd is part of the Lanchester group of companies with each business within the portfolio complimenting the others to provide a vineyard to table wine service. The group comprises five businesses: Greencroft, Lanchester Wines incorporating The Pip Stop, Lanchester Gifts, Lanchester Energy and Lanchester Properties.