Coca-Cola’s bottling plants are the source of the consistent great taste you’ve been enjoying for several decades now. These plants ensure the quality and consistency in the beverages you consume. And because this is a huge responsibility, the plants are set up with the utmost care and precaution with a lot of planning put behind the setting up.

These bottling plants are planned and set up keeping an end-to-end balance in mind. It begins right from the demand, transportation and distribution to the procurement, storage, manufacturing and supply.

Before a bottling plant is set up, thorough research and assessment of the area is done. This involves checking the availability of resources like land, water, labour among other factors.

The Planning Process:

Planning is done in order to ensure there is minimum disruption and maximum optimisation of resources. The plants are set up with complete adherence to government laws to protect the resources and the people in the vicinity.

The process of setting up plants is uniform everywhere and meets certain key criteria:

Infrastructure Optimisation:

Utilising the existing assets and resources to the best possible ability

Common Infrastructure Planning:

Increasing the capacity by using the best and most advanced scientific tools and technology

Optimum Cost:

To do all this while leveraging the scale at the best possible cost. While these are the short-term priorities before setting up a plant, there are certain long term goals on Coca-Cola’s agenda too. Over the next decade or so, the bottling plants aim to:

  • Secure Water Availability in both quantity and quality
  • Build Land Inventory by setting up more than 40 acres of plant sites
  • Manage Supplier Risk by ensuring multiple sources and clear visibility

The Execution Process

It’s not just the setting up of the plant that is done in a sustainable manner. The operations at the manufacturing plant too, are carried out in a way to ensure sustainability. There are constant innovations at the plants to save and utilise resources better.

Some of the best examples of these sustainable innovations are such:

Lightweighting:

One of the most prominent and recognised initiatives by Coca-Cola, lightweighting is an effort to reduce the Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) content used in the bottling process.

ErgoBloc:

Here, everything from the cleaning of the preform, to its shaping into the bottle, and finally the filling of the beverage, happens in the ErgoBloc. As a result, the technology helped save a lot of time, energy and resources.

Solar-Powered Plants:

The new manufacturing unit at Ludhiana Beverages Pvt. Ltd. is a Solar-Powered one. The setting up of the unit was done to reduce the use of fossil fuels and increase the use of sustainable source of energy.

Coca-Cola’s efforts tocreate more sustainable packaging are expected to contribute to its overall goal of reducing the CO2 emissions associated with the “drink in your hand.”

The Social Impact

Since the bottling plants are also a source of employment and opportunities for those living around them, the setting up additionally involves understanding the needs of the people in the surrounding area, eventually helping them live a better lifestyle. This setup has a strong positive impact on the society and communities in the areas close by as well.

Coca-Cola understands the most pressing needs of the area and community as well as the issues hampering the quality of life. It then does an assessment and helps provide basic facilities like sanitation services, potable water, education, and skill building to help the community, especially women, earn a livelihood through different means.

Coca-Cola India’s plants employ thousands of people, comply completely with the government norms and social rights, and even try to go beyond to achieve more than what is promised. They contribute to several stakeholders across sectors like farming, supplying, manufacturing, retail, and transportation among others.