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Inside Our Factory

Nestled in the heart of the Forest of Dean is the jewel in the LRS crown, our manufacturing site in the town of Coleford.  Built in 1946 and spanning 53 acres, the factory produces two of Britain’s best loved brands, Lucozade and Ribena.  A staggering billion bottles of drinks are made every year at the factory and transported around the UK and further afield to those countries that love Lucozade and Ribena as much as us Brits.  

Fun Facts

  • Quality checks are important and we have high speed cameras that check the quality of 26,000 bottles every 10 minutes. That’s ten times faster than the human eye.
  • We blow our own bottles on site at our Logoplaste operation and the bottles move across the ceiling on a special air-veyor
  • It takes 0.2 seconds to make a bottle
  • Our laser guided robotic forklifts drive in the dark to save energy
  • In the 1940s all blackcurrant pressing was done at Coleford, you can still see the berry stains on the original concrete paving
  • The cold store in the deepest part of the factory is where you’ll find the entire year’s harvest supply of blackcurrant juice – that’s 1.5million litres
  • The factory has its own water source with 2 boreholes on the site
  • 90% of people who work at the factory live in Coleford
  • Sometimes we get snowed in, but we keep going with the help of Lucozade Energy

On The BBC

BBC2 broadcasts the making of Ribena - Tuesday 16th January 2018

Inside the Factory - Ribena - Cherry Healey

In 2018, the BBC selected Ribena to feature in their documentary series “Inside the Factory”.  This show, now in its third year, features a variety of British brands and manufacturing from cakes and bread to beans and sauces. 

Presenters Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey follow the production of Ribena’s blackcurrant drink from bush to bottle. As well as interviews and footage of our hardworking team at our production site in Coleford, the documentary also takes a behind-the-scenes look at blackcurrant processing, storage in the cold store, filling, bottling and everything else in between.

The pair meet one of our growers in Kent (Farmer Berry!), discover how the aroma of our juicy blackcurrants is captured, drop into our head office to see the lab and the sensory team to learn all about our reformulation journey, all before heading to the Netherlands to understand how Ribena creates its 100% recycled plastic bottle.We are very proud to show the magic that goes into making our much-loved juice drink. The programme will air on BBC Two on Tuesday 16th January, at 8pm.

For more information, go to Ribena website

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