Commemorates by inaugurating a new Greenfield Plant at Chatta (Mathura district) in Uttar Pradesh
Brindavan Agro Industries (P) Ltd. – The Coca-Cola Company’s franchise bottler in Uttar Pradesh has invested Rs.135 Crore on the project.
The Coca-Cola system in India now operates 58 manufacturing plants, catalyzing economic growth and providing employment
Chatta, Mathura District (Uttar Pradesh), October 24, 2013: Commemorating Coca-Cola’s 20 years of operations in India and in keeping with its plans of investing US$ 5 billion in India, by 2020, Mr. Guy Wollaert, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, The Coca-Cola Company, today inaugurated a new state-of-art bottling facility at Chatta, Uttar Pradesh. This plant is Coca-Cola system’s 58th manufacturing plant in India. The Greenfield plant is owned by Brindavan Agro Industries (P) Ltd. – The Coca-Cola Company’s franchise bottler in Uttar Pradesh. Like all the other bottling facilities, this plant will play a role in catalyzing economic growth, contributing to the packaged beverage revolution and providing employment. The bottling plant in Chatta will provide employment to over 225 people.
Two decades ago, on October 24, 1993, Coca-Cola was launched in Agra. Since then, Coca-Cola India has made rapid strides in the packaged beverage market, owning two of the country’s largest soft drinks brands – Thums Up and Sprite – in its portfolio. Coca-Cola is now one of the fastest growing sparkling brands, registering an 18% volume growth during Q3, 2013. The Coca-Cola system has already invested US$ 2 billion in India between 1993 to 2011, refreshing and hydrating consumers more than 500 times per second.
The new plant has two bottling lines – a Sparkling PET Line and a Sparkling RGB Line. The plant will cater to 9 districts of Western Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Madhya Pradesh. Brindavan Agro has invested more than Rs.135 Crore (US$ 23 million) to commission this plant.
The opening of the Chatta plant is in keeping with the company’s long term growth projections for business in India and will play a significant role in expanding the soft drinks business in India. Amongst those present at the inauguration were Mr. Venkatesh Kini, Deputy Business Unit President, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia and Mr. Gulab Chand Ladhani, Managing Director and Chairman, Brindavan Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Guy Wollaert, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, The Coca-Cola Company, said, “There could not have been a better way of saying Thank you to India than inaugurating a new greenfield plant. A new plant will not only catalyze economic growth, it will also contribute to the development of the local community. This new plant reflects our belief in India as a strategic growth market with immense potential.”
Mr. Venkatesh Kini, Deputy Business Unit President, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia said, “On behalf of the entire Coca-Cola India system, it gives me great pleasure to witness the inauguration of our newest plant in the country. Brindavan Agro has been a committed partner for our company since we commenced operations in 1993, being one of the oldest and largest franchise bottlers for Coca-Cola in India.” He further added, “Our investments in the India are on track as we build scale, manufacturing capacity, distribution capability and a robust product portfolio to realize our business goals in India.”
Mr. Gulab Chand Ladhani, Managing Director and Chairman, Brindavan Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd. said, “It is an immense pleasure for the entire team of Brindavan Agro to have Mr. Guy Wollaert inaugurate our new facility. This investment reflects our strong alignment with The Coca-Cola Company in India and a re-affirmation of our commitment towards achieving the Company’s Vision 2020 targets. Coca-Cola’s business in India has been growing at a robust rate over the last six years, and our goal is to continue this momentum. This inauguration brings back memories of our trucks rolling out of the Agra plant twenty years ago, and our journey just continues since then. Together with Coca-Cola India, we endeavor to make India a top five market amongst all of Coca-Cola’s operations across the world.”
Over the last 20 years, the Coca-Cola India system has partnered with government bodies, civil society and business organizations to play a positive role in the growth and development of communities. It has introduced path breaking innovations like the solar cooler, Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, Minute Maid Nimbu Fresh, Mobile University for training retailers and Coke Studio. It has led several sustainability programs like the recently introduced “Water for Future” program – a water recovery and reuse system – which saves upto 30% freshwater. The Company is working with Jain Irrigation and the farmer community in Andhra Pradesh, where it has introduced Project Unnati – an Ultra High Density Plantation technique – that maximizes mango yield and also saves water. In addition, the Company runs its flagship community development program – Support My School for children, and women empowerment program – 5BY20.
The Coca-Cola Company has registered volume growth in India for the past 29 consecutive quarters, 19 of which have seen double-digit growth. Over the last six years, Coca-Cola has delivered double-digit volume growth in India. Two of the Company’s core sparkling brands – Sprite and Thums Up – are the country’s top selling soft drink brands. Trademark Coca-Cola is one of our fastest growing sparkling brands and Maaza is India’s largest selling juice drink. Kinley is the country’s largest retail packaged drinking water brand.
About Coca-Cola India
Coca-Cola in India is the country’s leading beverage company with an unmatched portfolio of beverages. The company manufactures and markets leading beverage brands like Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Thums Up, Fanta, Limca, Sprite, Maaza, Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, Minute Maid Nimbu Fresh, Minute Maid Mixed Fruit, Minute Maid Apple, Minute Maid Guava, Minute Maid 100 % juice (Minute Maid Apple, Minute Maid Orange, Minute Maid Grape), Georgia, Georgia Gold, Kinley, Kinley Club Soda and Burn through a network of over two million outlets.
The Coca-Cola India system will be investing US$ 5 billion in its Indian operations till 2020. The company currently provides direct and indirect employment to more than 1,50,000 people. The company provides extensive support to community programs across the country through a series of CSR program focused on education, health and water conservation. The ‘Support My School’ campaign is the company’s flagship CSR program which has revitalized close to 200 model schools in India.
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