Coca-Cola Enterprises invests in East Kilbride
CCE announces 6m investment in Scottish operations in 2015
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) today announced it will be investing £6m in its Scottish operations this year as the business welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to its manufacturing site in East Kilbride. A total of £16m has been invested by CCE at the factory over the past five years, which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary.
During her tour, Ms Sturgeon was shown part of the latest £6m injection in action, with a demonstration of a new state-of-the-art robotic palletiser. A first for the Scottish site, the machinery automatically stacks cases and runs at much higher line speeds of 14,000 bottles per hour (bph), with the ability to increase to 18,000-20,000 bph, improving operating and energy efficiency at the East Kilbride factory. Other investment at the site this year will include a new water treatment facility.
Joined by Leendert den Hollander, Vice President and General Manager of Coca-Cola Enterprises GB, and Jon Woods, General Manager of Coca-Cola GB and Ireland, the First Minister also had the opportunity to speak with several members of local staff and three of the site’s apprentices.
During Ms Sturgeon’s visit, Coca-Cola Enterprises confirmed its support for the Scottish Business Pledge, a nine point voluntary pledge by companies within Scotland focused on boosting productivity, competitiveness and fair work. Speaking with the First Minister, Leendert den Hollander outlined CCE’s commitments on paying the Living Wage, investing in youth, creating innovation and its journey towards a balanced workforce.
CCE has also declared its support for the Scottish Government’s Supporting Healthy Choices (SHC) initiative. The voluntary framework, in collaboration with the Food Standards Agency in Scotland aims to work with industry partners to address dietary concerns and health inequalities within the country.
CCE’s support of the initiative includes:
• The introduction of the government’s preferred coloured front of pack labelling scheme
• The reformulation of many of its brands and the introduction of smaller pack sizes
• The launch of Park Lives in Glasgow this year as part of Coca-Cola’s commitment to invest £20m to get 1m UK people active by 2020
Leendert den Hollander, Vice President and General Manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises GB, said: “This latest investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to local manufacturing here in East Kilbride and in Scotland as a whole. With a legacy within the region of over 50 years, we remain focused on delivering manufacturing excellence and are proud to have welcomed the First Minister to see first-hand the world class on-site innovation which this most recent investment supports. We are proud of our status as a local business in all the communities where we operate, and our support of important initiatives such as the Scottish Business Pledge is crucial to this.”
Jon Woods, General Manager for Coca-Cola GB and Ireland commented: “Here in Great Britain, the Coca-Cola system backs the Scottish Government’s Supporting Healthy Choices framework and welcomes the partnership approach it takes. Like the Scottish Government, we recognise obesity is a serious and complex problem influenced by many factors, but we are taking action to help our consumers lead healthy lives. We have reformulated many of our drinks, introduced smaller packs, are increasing our marketing investment in the no sugar, no calorie variants of Coca-Cola and are investing in community based physical activity programmes to get one million Britons more active. These actions have helped us deliver against the commitments in the framework and we will explore ways we can support it further and help more people to lead a balanced lifestyle.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented: “It’s fantastic that Coca-Cola is dedicated to supporting manufacturing in the area and also to supporting their staff – I am pleased to announce that they will now become the 50th business in Scotland to sign up to the Scottish Business Pledge. A skilled and innovative workforce is a key asset for any business and can help to improve productivity. Fair work and innovation make our economy even more competitive, which in turn brings benefits to individuals and communities across the whole of the country. Prosperity and fairness are at the heart of our distinctive Scottish approach to growing the economy.”