Investment in Cardiff has created an industry leading soft drinks manufacturing site
We are delighted to reveal the results of the recent investment into Princes’ manufacturing site in Cardiff.
During Covid-19, Princes has invested over £60m into its Welsh soft drinks factory, its biggest ever investment in soft drinks, transforming it into one of Europe’s leading Centres of Juice Excellence.
Over the past 12 months, and despite the challenges thrown up by the pandemic, we have built a new factory, revolutionised our processing and packaging capabilities and installed six production lines with the capability to operate 24/7.
We have future proofed our operations to help us to achieve our sustainable environmental targets and also to meet the needs of our customers and consumers, their new products and different packaging formats.
We are deploying operational excellence and lean methodologies to give us confidence of execution, which, ultimately, shows the Board and our customers how we are performing.
Lean deployment also ensures we have the right people in the right place at the right time, all delivering value. It brings structure, advanced problem solving and certainty of delivery.
During this process I’m proud to say that we have already created an additional 120 jobs and are looking forward to welcoming more people to our team in the future.
Operational excellence is our way of life at Princes, and this investment in our 28-year-old Cardiff site will enable us to continually improve the business, its processes, products and its people. It allows us to exceed the expectations of our customers.
We have learnt a lot from delivering such a huge transformation project in the middle of a global pandemic – learnings that we will take and use in all future capital projects across the Group.
Some facts about our Cardiff site
- We produce enough chilled ambient juice in Cardiff each year to fill 1.9m bath tubs and, stacked up, they would be taller than 219,000 Eiffel Towers.
- 220m pieces of plastic were removed from our mini cartons when we switched from plastic to paper straws in April 2021.
- The total miles of packs in a line of ambient litres, chilled juice and mini cartons would stretch nearly twice around the earth.
By Barry McDonnell, Chief Operations Officer