Spring in Harrogate’s step as it clinches deal to supply MoD with bottled water

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Harrogate Spring Water has signed a deal to supply the Ministry of Defence with two million bottles of water this year.

The announcement comes 100 years after the company’s previous contract with the department, supplying water to British Forces in Bombay in 1914.

Harrogate Spring Water will provide bottles of its still water to the MoD’s worldwide food supply contractor, Purple Foodservice Solutions, who will distribute it to the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force via MoD bases in the UK and around the world, as well as on HM ships and submarines.

The move is expected to significantly drive sales for the family-owned company, which has a £10m turnover and produces 80m bottles of water a year.

Harrogate water’s relationship with the British Armed Forces stretches back to the First World War, when wounded soldiers were sent to Harrogate to receive treatments at the spa, which included drinking the restorative mineral waters. During this period Harrogate was also the UK’s most exported water.

The new agreement follows the water’s recent rebrand.

James Cain, managing director of Harrogate Water Brands, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be supplying British sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen with our spring water today.

“It is incredible to think that Harrogate water was playing its part in hydrating the troops during the First World War.”