Coca-Cola European Partners plans to invest €48 million in the expansion of its production plant in Seville, Spain, transforming it into its largest facility Europe.
The expansion will increase production capacity at the site by 20%, making it capable of producing 740 million litres of soft drinks per year.
Covering an area of 190,000 square metres and employing 450 workers, the Seville plant was already among the top three in Europe in terms of production volume, together with those of Wakefield and Edmonton, both in the UK.
According to Spanish daily El Economista, the plant is responsible for producing 25% of all the Coca-Cola products consumed in Spain. It has eleven production lines: three for glass, three for PET, three for cans, as well as one each for aseptic and syrup, and also includes an automated warehouse with a capacity for 100,000 pallets.
With this latest investment, Coca-Cola aims to increase capacity, make better use of a new can production line and reduce its carbon footprint, as well as achieve its growth objectives.
As part of its sustainable business strategy, since 2010, the company has managed to reduce water consumption and energy use at the plant by 21.4% and 31.7% respectively, while 80% of supplies are sourced locally.
The increased focus on Seville comes after the European bottler of the soft drink giant closed its plant in Malaga, as part of a business plan activated before the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to Seville, Coca-Cola European Partners operates other plants in Spain – at La Coruña, Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia and Tenerife.
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