The Rt Hon. William Hague MP officially opened a new bottling line at Radnor Hills Mineral Water Co. Limited yesterday on the 16th February 2015. Radnor Hills, near Knighton in Powys, is a soft drinks business and one of the largest employers in the region.
William Watkins, Managing Director & Founder of Radnor Hills said “I’m absolutely delighted that William Hague was able to come here and open our new plant. Radnor Hills currently produces over 175 million bottles a year employing 144 people and this new line will enable us to increase our capacity to 250 million.”
Founded in 1988, Radnor Hills produces water and soft drinks for some of the leading supermarkets, as well as, the foodservice, education and on-trade markets. With a product range that includes mineral water, tonics, flavoured waters, juices & premium pressés, it has a turnover of £26 million and is one of the largest businesses in Mid-Wales.
A key factor in the success of Radnor Hills has been the local workforce. Situated in the rural setting of Radnorshire, the company has a committed, knowledgeable and loyal workforce that has adapted and learnt new skills to help the business progress and grow.
William Hague said “This is an outstanding example of a successful British business manufacturing a range of world beating soft drinks employing talented local people & the best locally sourced produce.”
Radnor Hills will be taking some of its drinks brands all over the UK this year in a series of national and local food festivals. This ‘Roadshow’ is designed to give potential customers the chance to taste and try drinks, including the new premium presse range ‘Heartsease Farm’. Just over the border from the Factory, in Herefordshire, they own a local inn called ‘The Lion’ in Leintwardine which serves some of the brands and provides Radnor Hills’ employees with a place to socialise together in the evening & weekends.