Coca-Cola opens manufacturing plant in Auckland

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand has unveiled its new state-of-the-art Keri juice manufacturing plant, the largest in New Zealand at 10,000sqm, located at the Landing Business Park near Auckland Airport.

With the ability to produce 800,000 bottles every day, the purpose-built facility more than doubles the capacity of previous plants and consolidates operations into a central and accessible hub.

The new plant houses state-of-the-art production technology and specialty manufacturing lines that will deliver improved environmental performance along with innovations in design and packaging.

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand managing director, Chris Litchfield, said the new manufacturing plant highlights Coca-Cola Amatil’s ongoing investment and confidence in New Zealand’s economy.

“We’ve worked hard to develop a facility that is technologically advanced globally, and at the same time will enable us to reduce our environmental footprint through lightweight packaging,” said Mr Litchfield.

“This investment in the new Keri juice plant is further reflection of our commitment to local manufacturing and economic development of the communities in which we operate.”

Coca-Cola Amatil debuted its new Nitro Hot-Fill processing method, which creates lighter bottles and uses less plastic, seen in the recently launched Powerade Superior Bottle. Traditional methods such as Blow-fill and Warm-fill technologies will still be used.

Among the 36,000 bottles that can be produced each hour, the plant will drive the production of many products, including Powerade, the full range of Keri Juices, Fuze Tea, Glaceau, E2, Thextons, Baker Halls and Pumped lightly-flavoured waters.

This story first appeared on FMCG Business.

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