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Coca-Cola opens first bottling plant in Gaza

Published 01 December 2016

Coca-Cola and its Palestinian franchise operator, National Beverage Company (NBC), have opened a $20m bottling plant in Gaza.

The facility expands NBC’s Palestinian operations to four bottling plants and four distribution centers.

Spanning over 15,000m², the facility features a single bottling line capable of filling nearly 36,000 returnable glass bottles per hour with Coca-Cola sparkling beverages.

The beverages will be distributed to more than 4000 outlets in Gaza via 18 branded trucks.

The new bottling plant presently employs about 120 people, and the company has plans to expand the workforce to about 270 people over the next three years.

The plant initially started production in April this year. It has now reached full capacity,

The Coca-Cola Company chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent said: “National Beverage Company and Coca-Cola share great pride in having been part of the fabric of Palestinian communities for almost 18 years and our new Gaza plant shows our ongoing commitment to investing in and supporting progress in communities around the world.

"We believe that strong businesses can enable strong communities and we are delighted to welcome new Gazan employees, distributors and retailers to our Coca-Cola system.”

NBC founder and chairman Zahi Khouri said: “Ever since NBC first began operations, we have been firmly committed to building a successful Palestinian business that can create employment opportunities, support the national economy and demonstrate the great capabilities of our region while serving products of the very highest quality.

“The opening of our first Gaza plant is an important milestone on this journey.”  

Image: Coca-Cola opens new bottling plant in Gaza. Photo: Courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company.