UK gets ‘first’ wine canning line



27 November 2019

Greencroft Bottling has partnered with Ardagh Group to launch what it claims is the UK’s first large-scale wine canning line.

The facility, at Greencroft Bottling Company in County Durham, can fill 17,000 cans per hour with the capability to fill both still and carbonated wine, soft drinks and RTDs.

The £2 million investment will focus initially on 200ml and 250ml slimline cans as well as Ardagh’s ‘imminent’ new 187ml wine can format.

Mark Satchwell, managing director of Greencroft Bottling, said: ‘The can is a format consumers are already familiar with, through soft drinks, beers and ciders, and right now canned wine consumption is growing at a rate of approximately 6% year on year in Western Europe, so we were pleased to collaborate with Ardagh to set up a dedicated wine canning line and be the first to provide for this growing market.’

Sister company Lanchester Wines’ Nika Tiki Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc Rosé will be first down the canning line, followed by its Hacienda de Calidad Argentinian Malbec.
Greencroft’s bottling and canning lines are powered by wind turbines.

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