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31 May 2024
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Drinks Manufacturer Wins Award for its Sustainability Values

Soft drinks manufacturer Radnor Hills has scooped an award for its Sustainable Values in this year’s Wales Food and Drink Awards.

The Knighton-based company, which produces a range of still, sparkling and flavoured drinks all made with spring water sourced from its boreholes, was announced as the winner of Wales Food and Drink Awards’ Sustainable Business of the Year at an event held at Brangwyn Hall in Swansea.

All of Radnor’s products are fully recyclable: their plastic bottles and shrink wraps are 100% recyclable and are also made up of 30% recycled materials, and their cartons are straw-free. Radnor’s aluminium cans are infinitely recyclable and sourced only 65 miles from the company’s farm in the heart of the Welsh countryside.

Radnor is proud to have sent zero waste to landfill since 2018, has an on-site state-of-the-art recycling facility and an expert in-house team to facilitate this. Any waste they can’t recycle is put into a compactor and sent for Refuse Derived Fuel.

Operating as zero to landfill also means the company can support a circular economy, sending any waste back to the source to be reused and recycled.

Radnor’s company management system has been certified to ISO 14001 standard, showing customers and suppliers that the company takes their impact on the environment seriously and is committed to keeping it at the forefront of the business. They have also planted more than 14,000 trees, symbolising their dedication to a greener future.

At the end of 2023, and adding to their existing rooftop panels, Radnor opened a brand new £1.8 million solar farm, which produces 2,000 kWh of power a year, meaning 25% of the factory is now powered by the sun. It is also helping to mitigate rising energy costs.

William Watkins, Managing Director of Radnor Hills, which was founded in 1990 and produces over 400 million drinks a year, said:

“We’re continuously working to become more sustainable so we are very proud to win this award.

“For us, this win stands as testimony to the amazing work the whole team at Radnor put into our sustainability journey, from maintaining zero landfill status to generating our own renewable solar energy and everything in between.”

Bob Clark of Itch Investors, who chaired the judging panel, said:

“I’d like to congratulate everyone who entered and in particular those who made it to the finals as the quality of the entries this year was amazing.”

Last year, Radnor became the first winner of the new Excellence in Sustainability Award sponsored by the Welsh Government.

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