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5:30pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
THE bottler of Holywell Spring Water hopes to increase its production by three times when a new bottling plant is installed.
The company was this week granted planning permission to install the plant in an existing garage at the historic site on the side of the Malvern Hills.
The Holy Well, above Malvern Wells, is the original source of Malvern water, which has been bottled there since 1622. It is thought to be the oldest bottling plant in the world.
The well was bought by Mike and Marian Humm in 1999, and they worked hard to restore the building. In 2009, they began to bottle the water and sell it as Holywell Spring Water.
Sales received a boost the following year when Coca- Cola shut down the Malvern Water bottling plant in Colwall, and as a result, the company was allowed to use the name Malvern.
Mr Humm said the current plant can produce about 2,000 cases a month, and the proposed new plant will be able to triple that output.
“We started exporting in June, and we’ve just sent 1,600 cases – a shipping container – to China,” he said.
High-profile clients closer to home include the Cottage in the Wood Hotel, Eastnor Castle and Stanbrook Abbey.
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