Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is ramping up operations in Scotland after the soft drinks giant announced a significant investment package for the site.
CCE will provide £2.2 million for its production facility in East Kilbride, enabling it to use new manufacturing technology and increase bottling capacity and efficiency. The investment is going towards a new robotic palletiser that can automatically stack cases meaning CCE can produce 14,000 bottles a minute. There is also the potential to increase this figure to 18,000 and even 20,000 per minute in the future.
The move coincides with the 50th anniversary of CCE's operations in East Kilbride. The company celebrated the milestone in May by releasing a new tartan bottle for Homecoming Year for Scotland.
Jim Duddy, operations director at CCE East Kilbride, said: "We are investing for the long-term through the latest technology, and we are extremely excited to start production of Coca-Cola Life. This is testament to the credentials and expertise we have on site, and further reinforces CCE’s ‘Made in GB’ commitments, with 97 per cent of all of our products sold here produced across Great Britain."
Coca-Cola has recently been looking to make its products more health conscious. The company has launched its latest product, Coca-Cola Life which is aimed at helping to tackle obesity. The drink contains a third less sugar and a third fewer calories than its other long-standing products.
It has been previously trialled in South America with nations such as Argentina and Chile responding positively to the changes. It will be launched in the UK later in the year and marks the first new Coca-Cola drink to be released on British soil since the introduction of Coca-Cola Zero in 2006.
The company has worked alongside governments to bring this product to market and hope it will help to reduce obesity across the globe.