Coca-Cola European Partners opens new £20m line at its Edmonton factory
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Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is opening a new £20 million line at its Edmonton factory in North London to increase the production of its “most sustainable” products, forming part of its £150 million investment programme into its operations in Great Britain this year.
The production line will make Bag-in-Box products, which contain concentrate for foodservice and licensed operators to mix with carbonated water to dispense great tasting draught soft drinks to their customers.
With no consumer packaging and less water, the format is a sustainable way to deliver soft drinks, the company says – saving the equivalent of 48,400 tonnes of CO2.
The new line features highly energy-efficient machinery and state-of-the-art robotic packers.
It is one of several announcements made this year, as part of CCEP’s ongoing multi-year investment programme – reaching a total of £650 million since 2010.
The investment programme has continued to increase CCEP’s capacity and capabilities to service customers efficiently and support its portfolio of drinks sustainably, providing a greater choice of products and packs, it says.
It says the new investment has also provided learning and development opportunities for CCEP employees through the creation of new technical roles and apprenticeships, as well as upskilling existing teams across all levels.
Leendert den Hollander, Vice-President and General Manager, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) said: “At CCEP, we are proud to be a truly local business, making globally recognised products right here in Great Britain.
“We are committed to investing for the future, increasing the scale of our investments in new technologies and efficient processes, as well as investing in and supporting our people to ensure they’re continuing to grow, learn and develop in line with new technologies and systems.
“Supporting manufacturing excellence across the country, in a way that is as productive, efficient and sustainable as possible is core to our business in GB.”