Britvic €6 million investment in Ballygowan facility a ‘major shot in the arm’ for west Limerick industry. Minister Simon Coveney pictured on a visit to the Ballygowan plant in Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Pic: Don Moloney
The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell is describing the Britvic multi-million euro investment in Ballygowan facility as a “major shot in the arm” for industry in West Limerick
Britvic Ireland has announced an investment of €6 million in its Ballygowan facility in Newcastle West to grow the site’s production capacity by over 20 per cent in order to meet growing consumer demand for Ballygowan mineral water, and the creation of 28 new jobs.
In addition to the new manufacturing roles, the investment will provide additional bottling capacity for the equivalent of 50 million fully recycled and recyclable 500ml bottles of Ballygowan, enhance production capability, and underpin the strong sustainability credentials of the site.
The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell is describing a multi-million euro investment in Ballygowan as a “major shot in the arm” for industry in West Limerick.
Mayor Mitchell welcomed the announcement noting a “stream of positive news” for the west of Limerick recently, “This €6 million investment in Ballygowan is another major shot in the arm for West Limerick. It demonstrates Britvic’s long-term commitment to Ballygowan which has sourced and bottled water in Newcastle West since 1984.
“It’s particularly impressive that Ballygowan has reduced its carbon footprint on the site by over 92 per cent and is on the road to reaching net zero on the site by as early as 2025. It is great to see a Limerick operation helping to lead the way to a sustainable future while preserving the essence of our community.”
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD, said the investment will “support the growth, expansion, and sustainability credentials of one of Ireland’s best-known water brands, Ballygowan”.
“I warmly welcome the creation of 28 new manufacturing roles at the facility, and the strategic investment in the sustainable, long-term production of Ballygowan mineral water,” he said.
Speaking about the investment, Kevin Donnelly, Managing Director at Britvic Ireland, said, “We are delighted to welcome Minister Simon Coveney to Newcastle West, the home and source of Ballygowan, to mark the announcement of a €6 million investment which will grow our production capacity by over 20% and create 28 new jobs.
The Britvic Ireland Director added, “This investment will create new manufacturing roles for the local area, provide additional bottling capacity for the equivalent of 50 million 500ml bottles of Ballygowan made from fully recycled and recyclable plastic, enhance production capability, and underpin the strong sustainability credentials of our site. We are incredibly proud of this latest milestone in Ballygowan’s journey as Ireland’s most loved and leading bottled water brand, and the benefits this investment will return for Britvic Ireland and the wider community in Newcastle West.”
The Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council, Dr Pat Daly commented, “Britvic’s €6 million investment and the addition of 28 new manufacturing roles in our local community is a testament to the professionalism and innovative thinking of the team on the ground in Newcastle West. This investment is not just about expanding production; it’s a commitment to sustainability that enhances the local economy and fosters community growth. The choice to use 100% recycled and recyclable plastic for Ballygowan bottles aligns with a sustainable future and contributes to a circular economy. Britvic Ireland must be commended for their vision and dedication to the long-term production of Ballygowan mineral water, and we look forward to the positive impacts this investment will have on both the company and the community in Newcastle West.”