Production facilities increased
The company have not released specifics on how many more units of the Capri-Sun products will be produced per month, but it is sure to be an impressive increase. The bespoke robotic multi-pack fillers have features such as automatic control of the conveyor belts, energy sub-metering which will be useful for monitoring, and water-efficient technology for cooling the pouches.
The lines have been set up to use a thinner, lightweight corrugated cardboard for Capri-Sun multipacks in addition to the other changes. While this does still mean some use of tree-based materials for the products, it will be a reduction – which also means a reduction in costs.
There will be 18 new jobs available at the site in Scotland, which currently employs 170 people. If you are looking to work there, be sure to check our job listings here for any availability.
Other improvements for the plant
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was on site on the 31st of July to look over the other planned improvements for the factory.
These included the use of £2.3 million to develop a new water treatment plant. It is expected that the plant will be able to save nine million litres of water per year – a great success for the environment as well as for the company’s bottom line over time.
“As a truly local business, we are proud to manufacture some of the nation’s favourite drinks – right here from our factory in East Kilbride,” said John McCafferty, Operations Director at CCEP East Kilbride. “This recent investment demonstrates CCEP’s long-term commitment to the East Kilbride area and to manufacturing in Scotland as a whole.”
Nicola Sturgeon added: “With the East Kilbride site celebrating 55 years, this is further evidence of the importance of our manufacturing industry to Scotland’s future success.”
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The East Kilbride facility was first opened back in 1964. Its main claim to fame is being the only manufacturing site in the whole of the UK which produces the Appletiser products in glass bottles, though they also produce other lines. In fact, they manufacture 18.5 million cases – not bottles – of soft drink every year. This is achieved over the use of six factory lines.
The team of 170 employees is dispersed across roles in both manufacturing and distribution. They also focus on brands such as Dr Pepper, Fanta, and Sprite, in addition to the Capri-Sun and Appletiser lines. This makes them an important site for the CCEP in general, as well as being of strong importance for Scotland’s food and drink sector.