South African drinks manufacturer secures first European plant at Peterborough Gateway

05 September 2016

South African drinks manufacturer Kingsley Beverage, represented by Savills, has secured a build-to-suit deal for its first manufacturing plant in Europe at Peterborough Gateway in Peterborough.  Kingsley Beverage will be investing £36 million into the project. 

The 150,000 sq ft (13,935 sq m) facility, which will feature manufacturing, warehouse and office space, will be developed by Roxhill Developments.  A planning application has been submitted and construction will commence in September, subject to approval being granted.

Kingsley Beverage was founded in 2007 and has seven factories in Africa and the Middle East from which it produces and distributes a range of carbonated soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks and bottled water.  The firm is currently establishing its UK and European operations from a temporary premises in Orton Southgate, Peterborough until the new premises at Peterborough Gateway is complete. 

Charles Spicer, industrial director at Savills, comments: “We are pleased to have secured Kingsley Beverage’s first permanent UK base at Peterborough Gateway.  The deal is particularly significant given it has completed since the EU referendum and will bring significant inward investment to the area as well as creating a number of new jobs.”

Philip Nieman, managing director elect at Kingsley Beverage, says: “Kingsley has seen exponential volume growth since its inception in 2007.  This growth has accelerated in its home market of South Africa, together with exports into Africa and expansion into the Middle East over the last four years. 

“Kingsley is confident that a similar growth opportunity exists in the UK, hence the decision to invest in a modern state of the art manufacturing facility.  A huge part of Kingsley’s success is making sure we partner with progressive, likeminded companies.  We are honoured to work with Savills and Roxhill on this exciting project.  Our experience to date has been very positive and we look forward to building a long term business relationship with both parties.”

Graham Pardoe, senior development director at Roxhill, adds: “Roxhill  is delighted to have agreed terms with Kingsley Group, an exciting and fast growing company, and to build this new manufacturing facility in Peterborough, which will act as its entry into the UK drinks market.”



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