Coca-Cola Amatil has invited us to take a tour of its brand-new Keri juice manufacturing plant, which has just opened at the Landing Business Park near Auckland Airport.
The start-of-the-art facility occupies an area of 10,000 sqm and is able to produce 800,000 bottles every day, while also allowing the company to reduce its environmental footprint through the use of the latest innovations in design and packaging. The innovative plant features CCA’s new Nitro Hot-Fill processing method, using less plastic and creating lighter bottles.
During his opening speech, Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand managing director Chris Litchfield pointed out that the purpose-built facility more than doubles the capacity of previous plants, as a reflection of the company’s commitment to local manufacturing and economic development. “It’s all about the people that have been involved,” Litchfield said, mentioning a great working relationship with retail partners and CCA’s talented employees.
“We care about our people and their safety, and we will continue to produce locally while also promoting diversity and inclusion.”
The new facility is set to produce 84 products across a number of different brands, including Keri juices, Powerade, Fuze Tea, Baker Halls, E2 and Glaceau, just to name a few. Litchfield said he is especially proud of all the low-calorie options available across almost all brands.
The opening was presided over by Hon. Steven Joyce, Minister for Economic Development, who thanked CCA for its $50 million investment in NZ. “It’s all about New Zealand’s future, and this level of investment coming from local and international companies testifies of the wealth of our economy, ” Joyce said. “What’s important is the jobs and income it generates for our Kiwi families.”
Alison Watkins, Coca-Cola Amatil group managing director, said the company would continue to invest in the NZ market, which is enjoying significant volume growth across the CCA’s portfolio.
The event was also attended by Mahe Drysdale, Powerade ambassador and two-time Olympic gold medallist, who donated a signed shirt to the Keri juice plant.