Celtic Pure water is bottled at source under a fully integrated Food Safety Quality Management System, certified to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.
The system is based on the application of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles at each step of the process which takes place in a state of the art production facility. The Food Safety Quality Management System is supported by a robust testing and monitoring program to ensure that all products dispatched meet legal and commercial requirements and exceed the expectations of our customers.
Our naturally pure spring water is drawn from our locally protected wells and pumped through food-grade stainless steel pipelines direct to our bottling plant. Trained Quality Assurance personnel take daily samples of incoming spring water to ensure quality standards are met.
Spring Water is temporarily held in food grade storage tanks. Here, the spring water is further tested to ensure conformance to specifications.
Specialised two stage micro filters, designed specifically for our process, filter the raw spring water. These filters are pharmaceutical grade and are designed to filter down to 0.8 microns.
Our bottling is carried out under very controlled conditions using state-of-the-art equipment in a high care filling plant. The spring water is monitored during the filling and capping process to prevent contamination from the environment. Online monitoring of packaging is carried out to ensure that each bottle is filled and sealed to exacting standards. Each bottle is given a specific code that establishes the bottling line, date and time produced ensuring full traceability.
Packaging is carried out using the latest in modern equipment. Bottles, caps and labels are carefully controlled and monitored by lot number to ensure full traceability. All water bottles are manufactured on site in our blow moulding department and allows us to exercise a high level of control over packaging standards.
Line sanitation practices include advanced automatic internal pipe and equipment cleaning methods called C.I.P. (Cleaning in Place) This cleaning method ensures a highly standard of efficacy in our lines and in our filling machines. Our CIP system is checked by the QA team after cleaning to ensure that all equipment is sanitised correctly. It is only then handed back to production use when QA pass it as been acceptable to go back into production.
Celtic Pure have a trained sensory panel that conduct daily tastings on finished water, this panel ensures that we can monitor the taste profile of our products.
The operation has in place trained Quality Assurance personnel and an internal laboratory that monitor the plant quality control processes. Water, packaging materials and plant processes are carefully monitored to ensure that they meet company and customer specifications and standards. A robust verification testing programme is operated to support the internal monitoring and in all cases accredited ILAB laboratories are used.
Our current facility is a 40,000 sq feet factory and offices. We produce on average 20,000 bottles per hour. Celtic Pure Ltd manufactures all its own bottles thus eliminating the risk of contamination associated with packaging transportation. Producing our own bottles also reduces Celtic Pure’s carbon footprint.
An Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Irish Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD officially opened the new extension to the Celtic Pure plant in 2009.
“All enterprise comes from one or two people and it takes a great deal of hard work. As your Minister I appreciate it very much the hard work which it took to start Celtic Pure and the huge personal sacrifice that it takes but when families come together in a great community it can be very very successful. I am very proud of what has been achieved at Celtic Pure. I am delighted to have an opportunity to see your factory. It is highly automated. The staff that I met here are fantastic and I wish you all well.”
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A Key Manager has been co-funded in this company by the European Regional Development Fund and Enterprise Ireland under the Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. Aims: To recruit a Key Manager who will bring skills into the company that are critical to future growth. Results: The Key Manager commenced employment and is contributing to improvements in company productivity and to changes in output to meet defined market requirements. R&D initiatives in this company are co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Enterprise Ireland under the Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. Aim: To develop a range of new products and processes aimed at establishing R&D activity which will drive company development. Result: A range of new products and processes were successfully developed. As a result, five were launched into new and existing markets