Bub­bles will re­turn to Fox­ton home

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Pu­taruru is only a tem­po­rary home for a Manawatu fizzy drink.

Fox­ton Fizz’s home­town fac­tory may be flat for now but there are plans to get the place fizzing again.

In 2008, pro­duc­tion of the bou­tique fizzy drinks moved away from Fox­ton, its home since 1918, to start pro­duc­tion in Pu­taruru.

The own­ers said at the time they in­tended to shift back to Fox­ton and this month one of the com­pany’s di­rec­tors, Matt Wat­son, con­firmed this was still the case. ‘‘The in­ten­tion is to build it up and bring it back.’’

Be­fore any work was done on up­grad­ing the dor­mant Fox­ton fac­tory, the com­pany’s pro­duc­tion vol­umes would have to in­crease, Mr Wat­son said.

‘‘We’ve got plenty of plans in terms of how we build the vol­ume.’’ Mr Wat­son hit out at sug­ges­tions the com­pany’s name was in­ap­pro­pri­ate, as it was no longer made in Fox­ton.

He said since the move to Pu­taruru, the fizzy drinks had not changed.

‘‘ Hav­ing been around for al­most 100 years, the brand is so well known and so well liked.’’

Photo: TAUPO TIMES FILE

IN FRONT: Dion Pi­card of Ati­a­muri is lead­ing his class af­ter three rounds of the na­tional su­per­cross se­ries.

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