A Morpeth business will receive a £3.5million investment package after it was selected to produce a new product.
The glacéau smartwater brand will be manufactured and bottled at the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) factory in Coopies Lane.
It uses spring water from an underground aquifer, also the source of Schweppes Abbey Well. This is then vapour distilled before electrolytes are added to give what is described as a crisp and clean taste.
The investment will include updates to production lines and the introduction of new water treatment processes at the site.
CCE will also be investing in its staff at Morpeth through funding a training and development programme for existing employees to help them develop career skills, which are aligned to the new technology and processes being introduced for the new product.
Pete Smith, operations director at CCE Morpeth, said: “This is an exciting new development for Morpeth. The factory already has a proud history of producing high quality water for consumers across Great Britain and we are very much looking forward to bringing another to the market.”