Alma, a joint venture between the Castel drinks group and French family firm, Roxane, is investing €5m in a new bottling plant in Moselle, in eastern France for its Cristaline spring water brand.
 
A market leader in France in terms of volume, Cristaline is a common brand drawn from 23 French springs and from two in Luxembourg and Italy.
 
The Moselle state office has granted Roxane a licence to pump up to 2.8m litres of water daily from underground wells around Nitting, near Sarrebourg.
 
The spring water bottled in Moselle will be marketed in the local Lorraire region and in neighbouring Germany. 
 
Longer-term development could see Alma investing a further €15m in additional bottling facilities in Moselle but the plans have yet to be finalised.