BORN in the Borders is set to create three jobs with the installation of a new £250,000 bottling plant.

The project, at its brewery near Jedburgh, will increase the company’s capacity to supply supermarket chains and the export market.

The new bottling line has been sourced from Italy and will be capable of processing 1,000 bottles per hour - handling multiple bottle formats.
It is expected to be up and running in time for Christmas.

Owner John Henderson said: “Up until now, we’ve had to out-source our bottling, which always went against our aim of keeping everything in-house. The arrival of the new bottling line signals a step-change in our ambitions, and lets us keep every part of the process in the Teviot Valley where we are based.”

The Born in the Borders Brewery was founded in 2011 and has produced its drinks using the barley grown in surrounding fields.

The company has received numerous accolades for its work, most recently scooping two medals at the SIBA Scotland (Society of Independent Brewers) Awards in September.

And the new bottling plant isn’t the only expansion plan in store for the business. Mr Henderson added: “With a new distillery in Hawick and Jedburgh on the cards, and the Lilliard Gin distillery already based at Born in the Borders, the southern edge of the region is rapidly becoming a centre of excellence for the drinks industry.

“It’s no great surprise really. We’ve got the most incredible cereals and the most amazing water, and it was only a matter of time before people worked that out. 

“The economic benefits to the region will only increase as these new businesses come on-stream, and that should be a huge boon to the area.”