Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s £13m investment is a ‘vote of confidence in the Forest of Dean’

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Plans unveiled by Lucozade Ribena Suntory to invest £13m in their Coleford factory have been welcomed by the MP for the Forest of Dean.

Conservative Mark Harper said it was a ‘large vote of confidence’ in the area and for those who live and work there.

The Japanese company Suntory Food and Beverage is installing a new high-speed bottle filler at its base that will produced 1.3m bottles a day. About £10m will be spent on the new equipment with a further £3m going to local contractors to build and install supporting infrastructure for the new line.

Posting on his Facebook page, Mr Harper said: “I am delighted that Lucozade Ribena Suntory has made such a large vote of confidence in the Forest of Dean and the fantastic people who live and work here.

For Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s Coleford team to be considered truly world class is testament to the hard work and professionalism of everybody at the site.

He added: “I have worked closely with Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s leadership and the team at Coleford throughout my time as Member of Parliament for the Forest of Dean and, thanks to this £13 million investment, I look forward to doing so for many years to come.”

The new line will be staffed by employees trained through the company’s use of the apprenticeship levy.

Installation will begin in the spring and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

Chris Kane, supply chain operations director at Lucozade Ribena Suntory, said: “We see our Coleford factory as the heartbeat of our UK operations and we are proud that it is one of the most efficient factories across the globe.

“Our parent company, Suntory Beverage & Food, recognises this status and their £13million investment is a vote of confidence in our UK and Gloucestershire operations, ensuring Coleford continues to be a best-in class site for years to come.”