Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic has said it will boost production at its Rugby factory (the company’s biggest site) as well as its other manufacturing sites at London and Leeds, following the announcement that it is transferring production from the Norfolk site it shared with Unilever.
In November the company reported an increase in revenue of 7.7% to just over £1,540 million with organic revenue up 2.5%. Profit after tax decreased 2.5% to £111.6 million. At the November announcement, Simon Litherland, Chief Executive Officer, said:
“Britvic has again demonstrated the resilience of our business, delivering another strong set of results. We have grown both organic revenue and margins whilst continuing to progress our strategic priorities. I am particularly encouraged that we have increased the proportion of revenue generated from innovation and accelerated the returns from the business capability programme.”
However, he added that April 2018 will bring uncertainty with the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in GB and Ireland. He said:
“We are well placed to navigate it thanks to the strength and breadth of our brand portfolio and our exciting marketing and innovation plans.”
Britvic’s Rugby plant employs around 215 people and six production lines operating around the clock. Some of the brands produced in Warwickshire include Britvic mixers, R Whites lemonade, Fruit Shoot, Pepsi and Tango.