Plants and processes

Knockmore Hill Plant

Operating since 2008, our state-of-the-art facility at Knockmore Hill Lisburn, Co. Antrim, serves the entire island of Ireland market.

As a result of a £93.5m investment, our manufacturing plant at Knockmore Hill in Lisburn, Co. Antrim opened its doors in 2008 and the 50,000 square metre facility set new standards in sustainable manufacturing. We currently employ more than 450 people at this Lisburn base.

Our plant is a great source of pride for us and we are committed to constant development and improvement both for our plant and for our people, always striving towards best practice locally and within Coca Cola HBC. The versatility of our operation and the skills of our people allow us to be innovators and respond quickly to our customers’ requirements.

In 2015, almost 34 million cases of product were produced in our facility. We have three lines dedicated to producing PET bottles, one canning line and one glass line.

We also produce two sizes of ‘postmix’ for fast food outlets and cinemas. Many of the raw materials that go into our products are from local suppliers, some less than 10 miles from our factory.

24 May 2019, Mandatory Credit ©Press Eye/Darren Kidd

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DEEP RIVERROCK LAUNCHES ITS FIRST 100% RECYCLED BOTTLE
 
Pictured: Mark Haughey, Coca-Cola HBC Plant Manager pictured at the launch of Deep RiverRockâ  s 100% Recycled Bottle range at the Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland Knockmore Hill Plant in Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

DEEP RIVERROCK LAUNCHES ITS FIRST 100% RECYCLED BOTTLE 

NORTHERN IRELAND ENVIRONMENT AGENCY WELCOMES THE MOVE FROM DEEP RIVERROCK; THE FIRST MAJOR WATER BRAND IN THE REGION TO MOVE TO 100% RECYCLED PET

Proud Northern Irish water brand, Deep RiverRock announced today that every bottle within its PET portfolio will be made from 100% recycled PET plastic from June 2019. The move sees Deep RiverRock become the first major water brand distributing across the island of Ireland to produce a 100% recycled bottle. 

As all Deep RiverRock bottles are already 100% recyclable, this new development truly supports the brandâ  s commitment to protecting the environment and to play a value-adding role in communities.

Deep RiverRockâ  s investment in recycled PET supports a circular economy, keeping resources in use for as long as possible. Recycled PET bottles are also one of the lowest carbon-dense packaging types to produce within the beverage sector.

When recycled correctly, PET bottles can, and should, have a longer life span and Deep RiverRock is committed to encouraging consumers to recycle all PET bottles. In a bold statement, Deep RiverRock will â  recycleâ   its logo on all bottles with an impactful â  100% Recycled Bottleâ   message front-of-pack. The move aims to inspire more responsible disposal of waste and greater recycling among consumers. It is supported by recycling messages which have already been integrated on the bottle cap and across its TV advertising. 

ENDS

To find out more about Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Irelandâ  s wider sustainability strategy, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, visit ie.coca-

"97 percent of everything we sell across the island of Ireland is manufactured at our plant in Knockmore Hill."

Mark Haughey, Plant Manager

Coca‑Cola HBC Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Processes

We have invested in a number of processes to minimise our impact on the environment and improve business efficiency.

Our production process starts with syrup, concentrate or beverage base. Once mixed with water, our finished products are packaged in a variety of plastic (PET), glass bottles, cans and cartons.

Customers and consumers expect our products to be consistently high quality, and we aim to meet and exceed their expectations.

Our commitment to sustainability is also embedded to the core of our business strategy and plays an integral role in our day-to-day activities at Knockmore Hill. 

These commitment is underpinned by the international standard ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 as well as by our own Quality and Food Safety policy and the global standards of The Coca‑Cola Company.

We monitor production processes closely and have sophisticated control equipment and testing programmes for key stages of the process. For example, electronic bottle inspection equipment is installed on all refillable bottling lines which can identify even the tiniest irregularity in a product.

Here are some of the modern processes we use at our Knockmore Hill plant.

Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants are cleaner and more efficient than conventional power plants, and our CHP unit at Knockmore Hill has played a key part in our carbon-reduction strategy. 

This on-site CHP unit supplies all the heating, cooling and electricity needs of our plant, and we have reduced carbon emissions by 65 percent as a result of its implementation. 

Coca‑Cola HBC was the first in the beverage industry to implement the Combined Heat & Power (CHP) technology. We have committed to build 15 CHP units in twelve countries and have built 12 to date. 

The European Commission named our Combined Heat and Power (CHP) programme an Official Partner of the Sustainable Energy Europe campaign, which is a great honour and achievement for us.

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