Sunderland bottling firm doubles work force after £2million investment

BOTTLED SUCCESS: From left to right, Mark Potts and Contract Bottling Managing Director Martin Thornton with Coun Harry Trueman, of Sunderland City Council.
BOTTLED SUCCESS: From left to right, Mark Potts and Contract Bottling Managing Director Martin Thornton with Coun Harry Trueman, of Sunderland City Council.
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THE saying goes that success can’t be bottled – but one Wearside soft drink firms is proving that wrong.

Contract Bottling Ltd has doubled its employee numbers and now plans to expand even further, having invested more than £2million in equipment since 2012 and record sales.

Now the UK’s leading specialist contract bottler, the firm has seen full-time employee numbers rise to 60 from 30, and the numbers of bottles produced by the plant grow from 15million to 52million in the last two years.

Turnover has also grown from under £6million to more than £10.6million. Contract Bottling has recently bought a 42,000 sq ft warehouse at Sunrise Enterprise Park and plans to expand its Riverside Road plant this year to meet growing demand from UK and overseas customers.

The firm makes, fills and bottles a wide range of flavoured and natural spring waters and soft drinks for customers which include national supermarket chains and cash and carry operators.

It also produces more than 4,000 pallets of cordial which are shipped out to Saudi Arabia each year.

Operations director Mark Bell said: “This has been a great year for our company. We’ve introduced a new production line, welcomed new staff and created record sales of our drinks.

“Our success is due to flexibility, high standards and always putting the customer first.

“We can turn round new orders remarkably quickly and customers know that using a company that has BRC grade A, the best grade of quality standards, guarantees delicious drinks and fabulous brands.”

Contract Bottling is one of a small number of UK companies with its own spring on-site, used in its brands, Perfectly Clear, Northumbria Spring, Fruit Squeeze and 1870 Mixers.