Benchmark Packaging secures AG Barr contract

With an investment of GBP 60,000 in new machinery, Scottish Benchmark Packaging has won a 12-month contract to label more than three million bottles of soft drinks from AG Barrs.

Scottish Benchmark Packaging has invested GBP 60,000 in new machinery to secure a major contract with soft drinks producer AG Barr.
The Hillington, Glasgow-based company has won a 12-month contract to label more than three million bottles of Irn Bru, sugar free Irn Bru, Ginger Beer, American Cream Soda and Original Lemonade.
Once complete, the Barrs returnable glass bottles – unique in the soft drinks market – will be sold for use in licensed premises throughout the UK.
Benchmarks managing director, Russell Cohen, said: “When we re-launched our contract packing division earlier this year we made the decision to go head-to-head with the UKs leading contract packers in order to give Scottish businesses the option to keep their work north of the border.”
“In order to achieve this goal we planned to invest GBP 500,000 in our management team, facilities, processes and new product areas during 2011/12, although at the time we didn’t envisage any of the investment paying such immediate dividends.”
Benchmark’s clients also include Chivas Brothers, Chesapeake, Burns Stewart, The Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons.