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Coca-Cola inaugurates new bottling facility in Cambodia

Published 06 December 2016

Cambodia Beverage Company, the bottling unit of The Coca-Cola Company Bottling Investments Group (BIG), has opened a new bottling facility in Phnom Penh.

The new plant is part of Coca-Cola’s planned $100m investment in Cambodia between 2015 and 2018.

It is expected to generate about 300 direct jobs along with an additional 1800 indirect jobs across Coca-Cola’s value chain including transportation, manufacturing, packaging and supply.

According to the soft-drink giant, the bottling facility will start its operations with two production lines.

As and when the demand increases, the production lines will be supported by an additional six lines. But, the exact date when production begins has not been disclosed.

The new facility has Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) international certification. Its design has several sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting, lighting automation, ionised air rinsing and low energy conveyer motors.

BIG president Irial Finan said: “This new factory reaffirms our strong belief in this country, and helps us to capture the growth opportunities in this young, increasingly competitive and dynamic marketplace.

“We look forward to creating a stronger future for our communities and businesses in this country.”

US Ambassador to Cambodia, Bill Heidt, was the special guest at the inauguration event. He said: “Coke is well known for its very progressive corporate social responsibility practices, especially its global commitment to empowering women.

“When I visited Coca-Cola’s previous plant in Phnom Penh, I was inspired to find dozens of female employees in non-traditional roles, including six female truck drivers and a group of what I think are Cambodia’s first female fork lift operators.”

Image: Coca-Cola begins new bottling facility in Cambodia. Photo: Courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company.