Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand has unveiled its new Keri juice manufacturing plant, which is claimed to be the largest in New Zealand at 10,000 square metres.
Situated at the Landing Business Park near Auckland Airport, the plant will target production of 800,000 bottles every day. The beverage giant says the new plant stores state-of-the-art production technology and manufacturing lines which will offer improved environmental performance and innovative packaging design.
Its opening comes as researchers have suggested sugary drinks to follow the path of tobacco by using plain packaging and warning labels. The plant will produce popular beverage brands including Powerade, Keri Juices, Fuze Tea and Glaceau.
Chris Litchfield, managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand, says the plant indicates the company’s ongoing investment and confidence in the country’s economy. He says, “We have worked hard to develop a facility that is technologically advanced globally, and at the same time will enable us to reduce our environmental footprint through lightweight packaging. This investment in the new Keri juice plant is further reflection of our commitment to local manufacturing and economic development of the communities in which we operate.”
New Zealand’s minister for economic development, the honourable Steven Joyce officially opened the plant, along with two-time Olympic Gold medallist, Mahe Drysdale.