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Kingsland spends £1m on wine cellar

posted by: M.E.N - Saturday 23rd April, 2011

Kingsland Wines and Spirits is to invest more than £1m on an overhaul of its bottling plant and distribution depot.

The project represents the biggest single investment for Irlam-based Kingsland Wines and Spirits since the firm changed hands in a management buyout in 2004, and will increase its capacity and flexibility while also reducing waste and energy usage.

The refurbishment will include the installation of a new ‘cellar’ comprising 42 stainless steel tanks, which can hold several thousand litres of wine each.

Project manager Nigel Smith said the investment would take place in two phases to minimise disruption.

He said: “Phase one is under way and will take around seven weeks. It’ll see the removal of old equipment, floors replaced and drainage installed into the existing building, plus the addition of half the new stainless steel tanks

“There will then be a break of around 12 weeks whilst these changes are absorbed before phase two, a further seven-week process, will begin in September with the aim of all work being completed before the end of October.”

Kingsland employs 300 people on a 35-acre former Co-op soap works. The largest independent wine bottler in the UK, it supplies around 70 million litres of wine a year to customers including the Co-operative Group, Tesco, JW Lees and Daniel Thwaites.

Most of Kingsland’s wine is imported from Australia, New Zealand, south Africa and Chile to Liverpool docks, then transported to Irlam using barges on the Manchester Ship Canal.

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