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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Ten jobs as mineral water firm near Carlisle expands

Ten jobs have been created at the Eden Valley Mineral Water Company at Armathwaite near Carlisle.

Laura Cousins photo
Laura Cousins

The agency Stafforce is recruiting 24 workers on behalf of site owner Princes, the international food and drink group owned by the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan.

In addition to the 10 new posts, there are 14 vacancies to fill.

Princes says increased demand for Eden Valley’s flagship Aqua Pura brand is the reason for expansion.

Stafforce is advertising for a mix of temporary and permanent roles, including skilled machine operators and forklift truck drivers, to start in the new year.

Laura Cousins, business choreographer at the agency, said: “In the last 12 months, particularly during the good weather, there has been exceptional demand for the water bottled at Eden Valley.

“We expect the run-up to Christmas will be an added driver.

“With the festive season in mind, it’s a good time to get back into employment or boost income and we are offering a number of options to suit circumstances, experience, career stages and aspirations.”

The extra jobs follow what is described as “significant” investment at Armathwaite last year, which saw enlargement of the warehouse facilities. The plant at Low Plains employs around 100 people and started production in 1991, when it was opened by the then MP for Penrith and the Border, David Maclean.

It traded as Well Well Well until its acquisition by the Liverpool-based Princes Group in 2004. Almost immediately, Princes announced a £5m investment, including a state-of-the-art bottling line, to boost annual output from 170m to 250m litres.

The site draws water from the Penrith aquifer, arguably the largest underground water source in Europe.

It holds a licence to extract up to three billion litres of water every year. Aqua Pura is the largest British natural mineral water brand with a market share second only to Evian.

It has been the official sponsor for Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life for the last four years. Eden Valley has also applied own-label bottled waters to supermarkets such as Eden Falls for Asda and Ashbeck Mountain Spring for Tesco.

Anyone interested in the new roles can call Jason Melrose at Stafforce on 07850 771022.

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