Mark Bell, Director CBL Drinks Ltd

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A SUNDERLAND drinks and bottling company is refusing to keep a lid on its success as it prepares to serve up support for some of the city’s biggest events. 

CBL Drinks Ltd, a Southwick based business that has produced more than 50 million bottles in the last 24 months, has agreed to provide more than 1,500 bottles of water for Sunderland International Airshow and August 19 The Hacienda Classical   concert at Herrington Country Park.  The drinks will be served up to military ground staff at the airshow as well as event and security staffat the two headline city events. 

The company makes, fills and bottles a wide range of flavoured and natural spring waters and soft drinks for its customers, which include national supermarket chains and cash and carry operators.  It also produces over 4,000 pallets of cordial which are shipped out to Saudi Arabia each year in glass bottles as a premium product.

CBL Drinks’ operations director Mark Bell said that he was delighted that the company was supporting two key dates in Sunderland’s events programme.

Mark said: “As a business, we have made a significant commitment to Sunderland, with expansion of our base in Southwick and the addition of a storage facility in the city too. 

“We’re therefore very proud to support the airshow and Hacienda Classical, both of which are events that really help to put Sunderland on the map.  The on-the-ground team does a tremendous job in delivering events of such significance, and to such a high standard, so we’re glad to be supporting in keeping them well hydrated and able to keep up their top-class work.”

The company is one of a small number of UK bottling companies with its own natural on site spring well, the Hadrian Well.  Water from the spring is used in Perfectly Clear, Northumbria Spring, Fruit Squeeze and 1870 Mixers.

Sunderland International Airshow director Sue Stanhope said: “We have some fantastic natural assets in the city, and these are used to maximum effect during airshow weekend, when we show off our stunning coastline.

“We also have some tremendous businesses and to be able to involve them in the day in this way, having them support in-kind with drinks for our team – who are absolute invaluable across the three-day airshow – is fantastic.”

The Sunderland business has built a close working relationship with airshow organiser Sunderland City Council, having been supported with their expansion.  For more information about CBL Drinks, visit