Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), the world’s largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola, has announced a £28million investment at its manufacturing site in Sidcup, coinciding with the site’s 60th anniversary.
The site, which operates ten production lines and is the only Coca-Cola site in GB to produce 150ml and 250ml cans, has received an additional £28million investment this year, totalling £118million since 2017.
The latest round of investment has funded a state-of-the-art high-speed canning line, capable of producing 2,000 cans per minute, elevating the site’s production capabilities and supporting the production of sustainable packaging for CCEP’s well-known brands including Coca-Cola original taste, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Fanta, Dr Pepper, Lilt, Sprite, Schweppes and Capri-Sun.
The site has already seen a 26% reduction in its carbon footprint since 2010, which can be attributed to a variety of energy saving measures, including the installation of the site’s Automated Storage Retrieval System (ASRS), which officially opens [today], and has significantly increased efficiencies across the supply chain, saving 3,687 tonnes of CO2 per year and 10,817 road miles by HGV trucks.
The new line, set to open in June 2022, will accelerate these carbon savings even further, with the investment helping the business on its mission to become net zero by 2040. The new line will also open up 19 new job roles in the local area.
Rory Kerr, Operations Director at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Sidcup, said:
Stephen Moorhouse, Vice-President and General Manager, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (GB), said:
Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone said: