Founded in 1977, the Mont Roucous company was sold to Danone in 2000, and in 2007 it became an independent company again. From its early days, Mont Roucous has positioned its water as ideal for mothers and babies and has long been recommended by maternity clinics. With its very low mineral content, the water is perfect for the digestive systems of newborns and infants, who do not yet have mature kidneys. To respond to parents’ needs for greater practicality, Mont Roucous has switched from the 1.5 L to the 1 L format.
A trusted partner for a major project
Since its repurchase in 2007, Mont Roucous, a family-run business in the heart of the Lacaune Mountains at 1000 meters in altitude, has tripled its production of water in PET bottles. In the past three years, production of the 1.5 L format has been gradually abandoned in favor of the 1 L format to meet mothers’ needs for greater practicality. This new ambition led to a site renovation project with the aim of increasing production capacity and giving Mont Roucous the opportunity to promote local job creation more than ever. After 18 months of work, the plant has been expanded to welcome a new bottling line and a new logistics platform with 15 loading docks.
To implement this major project, Mont Roucous was looking for partners that could handle projects in their entirety. For the bottling line, Sidel was naturally approached owing to its long-standing relationship with Mont Roucous since the late 90s during the passage from PVC to PET bottles, its leadership in blowing and its ability to manage turn-key projects. “In light of the expertise needed to complete such a project in a relatively short time, we went with Sidel’s skills and expertise, so that we would have a single point of contact that could manage the project from A to Z. And Sidel did not let us down. In collaboration with our teams, Sidel took charge of the project in full, from the design and engineering of the complete line to the manufacture and installation of the equipment. And of course they did this in compliance with our specifications and our specific expectations,” explains Denis Bernard, Managing Director - Partner. And Nicolas Sadot, Account Manager France, says: “Even though this project was prepared right in the middle of the lockdown, the collaboration between Mont Roucous and Sidel was efficient. Meetings were held quite regularly by video conference, helping us to understand the needs and issues and to define the technical solution.”