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China: Coca-Cola Opens Largest Still Drinks Facility


The Coca-Cola Co. has confirmed the opening of a still beverage production plant in China, which marks the company’s largest single investment in still beverage production facilities in the country.

Late last week, Coca-Cola opened Coca-Cola Bottlers Manufacturing (Wuhan) Co., Ltd in the Wuhan region of the country. The facility represents Coca-Cola’s 39th bottling plant in its Chinese operations, and cost around CNY600m (US$88m).

Coca-Cola Bottlers Manufacturing (Wuhan) is a joint venture with Coca-Cola’s bottlers in China. When fully operational the Wuhan plant will have four sterile production lines to produce still beverages, including the recently-announced Minute Maid Pulpy Milky, Minute Maid, Qoo, Nestea, and Original Leaf Tea (Yuan Ye).

Upon completion of the first three production lines early next year, the Wuhan plant is expected to have an annual production capacity of around 45m unit cases. Another line will be added in the future, bringing the plant to a capacity of 66m unit cases.

Back in March, Coca-Cola announced plans to invest US$2bn in China over the next three years. Shortly afterwards, Coca-Cola’s attempts to acquire local juice giant Huiyuan Juice group for $2.4bn were rejected by the country’s Ministry of Commerce.

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Tuesday, January 23, 5:44 pm

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