Constellation Europe has opened the largest wine warehouse and distribution centre in Europe. Bottling of high volume Australian brands will now take place in Avonmouth near Bristol, UK, at the company’s €50 million ‘Constellation Park’.
Equipment at the plant includes two bottling lines and three bag-in-box lines and Constellation aims to bottle 9 million 9lt cases a year. The switch to UK bottling from Australia will reduce transport related CO2 emissions by more than a third for products sold in the UK. First of the UK bottling line will be Hardys Stamp and VR and Banrock Station.
The first delivery of bulk wine from Australia took place on 28 November 2008, and the site is expecting to be fully functional by 1 May 2009. The 80,000 square metre plant will employ 300 people.