The investment was made to meet growing consumer demand for Ballygowan mineral water and will lead to the creation of 28 new jobs.
In addition to the new manufacturing roles, the investment will provide additional bottling capacity for the equivalent of 50 million fully recyclable 500ml bottles of Ballygowan.
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The news was welcomed by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney, who visited the site.
“I’d like to congratulate Britvic Ireland on their announcement of a €6 million investment at their facility in Newcastle West, Co.Limerick which will support the growth, expansion, and sustainability credentials of one of Ireland’s best-known water brands, Ballygowan," said Minister Coveney.
"I warmly welcome the creation of 28 new manufacturing roles at the facility, and the strategic investment in the sustainable, long-term production of Ballygowan mineral water.”
Ballygowan is the number one bottled water brand in Ireland, and consumer demand has grown steadily in recent years with sales of Ballygowan products undergoing strong double digit volume growth compared to pre-Covid levels.
Ballygowan mineral water has been produced and bottled in Newcastle West since 1984.
Britvic Ireland has been a local employer in Newcastle West since 2007, and the facility currently employs 55 people in addition to the newly announced roles.
"This investment will create new manufacturing roles for the local area, provide additional bottling capacity for the equivalent of 50 million 500ml bottles of Ballygowan made from fully recycled and recyclable plastic, enhance production capability, and underpin the strong sustainability credentials of our site," said Kevin Donnelly, managing director at Britvic Ireland.
"We are incredibly proud of this latest milestone in Ballygowan’s journey as Ireland’s most loved and leading bottled water brand, and the benefits this investment will return for Britvic Ireland and the wider community in Newcastle West.”