Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia to launch largest Eastern European plant at the end of November
November 09 2009 - Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia has said that it’s planning to open its new Russian soft drinks factory near the city of Rostov at the end of November, after the completion of all the needed construction works, according to Coca-Cola’s Communications Manager Xenia Zenkova.
According to her, currently the degree of completion of the plant is estimated at the level 90-95%. However, on order to put into operation the plant will be subject to some technical formalities, said Zenkova. According to her, the plant still needs to obtain licenses and certificates for its future products.
The design capacity of the first stage will exceed 300 million liters of soft drinks per year with six production lines. During the next five years the company is planning to build a second stage with two production lines, increasing the total capacity of the plant up to 500 million liters of soft drinks and beverages annually.
The new plant will create up to 1,000 jobs with major sales markets in the south of Russia, as well as the south-eastern part of Ukraine.
The Rostov’s project will be the 14th Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia plant and the largest in Eastern Europe. In addition to soft drinks and beverages the new plant will specialize in the production of natural juices, however juice production and the installation of bottling lines will require some additional investments.
The total cost of the project will exceed 4.2 billion rubles (EUR 90 millions)