Encirc has extended its beverages partnership with Britvic, the UK’s largest soft drinks company.
Encirc will now fill Britvic’s Robinsons 500ml glass cordial bottles, which it already manufactures at its site in Elton, Cheshire.
The move to both manufacture and fill Britvic’s cordial bottles at the site will prevent around a thousand lorry journeys from Great Britain to Northern Ireland across the three years – resulting in significant carbon savings of up to 22,000 tonnes.
This will support Britvic’s aim to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2025, aligning closely with Encirc’s own Science Based Targets.
Adrian Curry, Managing Director at Encirc, said: “We’ve bottled drinks for Britvic since 2005, and this latest extension of our partnership will see us continue to work together for at least the next three years and hopefully much further into the future. We’re delighted to see how glass cordial bottles are being received as more premium forms of packaging.”
Encirc’s ability to bottle cordial is the result of direct investment in new equipment and resources, such as its Effluent Treatment Plant in Elton, which can safely treat more waste materials without harming the environment.
Parent company Vidrala has also invested £75 million in a national distribution hub for the UK and European beverages industry. The hub is set to significantly reduce lorry movements nationwide and achieve notable carbon savings across supply chains in the UK.