Coca-Cola and Swire Group have inaugurated a new production plant in Yunnan, China, and Coca-Cola says the new facility is the largest Coca-Cola production plant south of the Yangtze River in the country.
Coca-Cola claims that the new plant will significantly increase production capacity across the company’s soft drinks range, helping the company meet the rising consumer demand for soft drinks in China.
The new facility has received a gold certification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), due to the fact that the plant uses natural lighting, intelligent lighting systems, two-way heat-protective glass and highly reflective materials that cover 75% of the roof to conserve energy.
The plant also includes a 600-cubic-meter rainwater collection facility for irrigation and street cleaning, which helps conserve water and in turn reduces water waste at the facility.
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said: “Coca-Cola has been part of the tremendous changes in China since the opening of the market in 1979.
“We started our business in China with a single brand, and we’ve gone on to build a portfolio of more than 20 brands in the market today.
“The new Yunnan plant marks a milestone in celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of Coca-Cola’s return to China.
“Together with our bottling partners, we offer a growing portfolio to Chinese consumers, in addition to playing an important role in the communities where we operate.”
Merlin Swire CEO of John Swire & Sons added: “Swire has significantly increased investment in our global Coca-Cola bottling business in recent years, and this new bottling plant is a good example of that.
“The increased capacity will help us satisfy millions of consumers and continue to drive sustainable growth throughout Yunnan.”
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