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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 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

In 2018, the BBC asked Ribena to feature in their documentary series “Inside the Factory”, a show featuring some of Britain’s best loved brands from cakes and bread to beans and sauces.

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We invited presenters Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey to get the juice on Ribena, carefully following our unique production process from bush to bottle.

The crew donned hair nets and ear protectors, stepping inside the factory to meet our hardworking team in Coleford. We gave an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the whole process; from the blackcurrant juice cold storage room to bottle making and filling right through to distribution. We even revealed how we remove and preserve the aroma of our juicy blackcurrants at our processors based in Somerset, and then cleverly put it back in again at our factory!

The pair later headed further afield to meet one of our growers in Kent (Farmer Berry!) to see how the blackcurrants are grown and harvested. They even dropped into our lab to meet our sensory team and learn all about our sugar reduction journey.

We were thrilled to open our doors to the BBC and reveal the magic that goes into making all of our Ribenary goodness!    

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