Date: 27 Nov 2018
Coca-Cola Amatil has unveiled a A$165 million expansion of its bottling and warehouse facility to meet growing demand for bottled drinks in the Asia-Pacific region.
Speaking at the official opening of the facility in Brisbane, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the facility, which employs approximately 600 people, is capable of producing more than 90 million cases of drink for local and export markets throughout the Asia Pacific region. Drinks produced will include sparkling and still beverages, juices, teas, alcohol and dairy.
‘This site was selected after a nationwide review, which identified that we needed to modernise and invest to maintain competitiveness in the market,’ says Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director Alison Watkins, in a media release.
‘Of all the locations we looked at, Brisbane offered the strongest combination of road and port access, efficiency in production, access to east coast markets and room to grow.’
Headquartered in Sydney, Coca-Cola Amatil has around 14,000 employees and is one of the largest bottlers and distributors of beverages in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as one of the world’s larger bottlers of the Coca-Cola range.
David Jamieson, Premium Food Trade and Investment Manager at Austrade, says Australia is the ideal location for international food manufacturers to do business.
‘Our physical proximity to Asia; skilled and adaptable workforce; generous research and development incentives and stable economy mean Australia is well positioned as a launch pad for international companies looking to expand their business and break into Asian markets,’ says Jamieson.
‘Australia’s North Asian free trade agreements are also helping to facilitate the flow of food and beverages from Australia to major markets China, Japan and Korea.’