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Coca-Cola opens new manufacturing plant in Myanmar

DBR Staff Writer Published 05 June 2013

Coca-Cola has opened its new bottling plant in Crystal Springs, Hmawbi Township, Myanmar, on 4 June 2013, as a part of its $200m investment over the next five years in the country.

The new plant marks the first for the cola giant after its re-entry into the country.

The investment will be used to increase production capacity, grow logistics including sales and distribution operations and improve marketing and people capabilities.

It has started producing Coca-Cola and Sprite brands locally in 425ml plastic bottles with scripted Myanmar labels.

Local production of 300ml glass contour bottle and aluminum cans will begin in the coming weeks. However, the company will import Coca-Cola Zero cans to expand its portfolio in the country.

The Coca-Cola chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent said: "As we grow as a local business in Myanmar, we are committed to creating economic value and building sustainable communities."

This investment is expected to create over 22,000 job opportunities across the country over the next five years.

Apart from these, the US-based soft drink giant plans to reach 100,000 outlets across the country in the next six months through increased production and distribution capacity.