Icelandic Water Holdings has begun operation of its "naturally powered" bottling facility.

The makers of Icelandic Glacial mineral water opened the Ölfus facility on Friday (26 September), in a bid to increase production capacity from 5,000 to 30,000 bottles per hour.

The 71,668sq ft bottling facility, based in Hlidarendi, joins the company's existing plant in Thorlakshofn and operates entirely on geothermal and hydroelectric power, the firm said.

The plant houses two bottling halls, uses low-energy infra-red lighting and a mixture of modern equipment and "natural green" energy, it added.

"Environmental stewardship has always been a core part of our company's philosophy, it's a natural part of being from Iceland," said Jon Olafsson, chairman and CEO. "We have now moved production to one of the most environmentally advanced bottling facilities ever constructed.

Icelandic Glacial is distributed in the US by Anheuser-Busch, which took a 20% ownership stake in the company in 2007. The bottled water company is currently expanding its UK rollout and is available at Whole Foods, Fresh & Wild, Waitrose and Pure California.