Coca-Cola India’s bottling plants are not only a source of great tasting beverages, but also a source of employment and opportunities for those living around the plants.

These bottling plants are planned and set up keeping an end-to-end balance in mind. This 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 and more, as well as understanding the needs of the people in the surrounding area, and eventually helping them live a better lifestyle.

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 people and resources around them. 

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 plant sites

Manage Supplier Risk by ensuring multiple sources and clear visibility

The Social Impact
Setting up of Coca-Cola’s bottling plants has a strong positive impact on the society and communities in the areas close by too. 

While setting up, 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. 

A perfect example of this is Meetha Sona Unnati, Coca-Cola’s joint initiative with DCM Shriram Mills, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Solidaridad. The project aimed to bring on farm efficiencies and responsible production of sugarcane. It also addressed economic, social and environmental challenges by building capacities of farmers and developing good management systems, including labour practices and technology adoption.

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.