Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has confirmed that it will close its sites in Milton Keynes and Northampton, at the cost of up to 300 jobs.
Coca-Cola says that the closures will go ahead in 2019, and the brand claims the move will increase the brand’s overall production efficiency and create 121 new roles elsewhere in the country.
The closures were announced after a consultation period between the company and its employees over the last two months.
The Milton Keynes factory currently employs 234 people, while the Northampton distribution centre has 54 employees.
A spokesperson from CCEP said: “We want to stress that this is not a reflection on the performance or professionalism of our colleagues at these sites.
“We are committed to supporting all those impacted throughout the process of closure and beyond, by offering training and development opportunities, as well as tailored outplacement support.
“In addition, there will be redeployment opportunities within our business with the creation of 121 new roles across our manufacturing and distribution network.
“Whilst this was a difficult decision to make, we believe it is the right way forward for our business. It will allow us to significantly improve productivity and create greater efficiency for our business in Great Britain, allowing us to continue to grow in this increasingly dynamic market.
“We will be transferring all production and warehousing from Milton Keynes and Northampton to other GB sites and will continue to invest in our business to support long-term growth.”
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