Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has unveiled its new Fiji bottling facility in Laucala Beach Estate with CCA group managing director, Alison Watkins leading the official opening.
CCA Fiji installed Krones Blowfill technology, made in Germany, bringing the company into line with the latest equipment in New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia drinks industries.
The new line can manufacture up to 21,000 bottles per hour. CCA Fiji managing director, Roger Hare, said he was excited at what the new line meant for local production.
“This has been a few years in the planning and I’m ecstatic that we are now up and running. The installation of the Krones equipment began in September 2016 and our people have worked tirelessly to ensure we would be ready to launch today, I’m very proud and grateful for all their efforts,” Hare said.
“The new line has triple the capacity of the current line and not only supports future growth for the next 10 years but enables the CCA Fiji business to embark on a significant export led growth strategy, over the next 5 – 8 years. We realised further investment into the Amatil Fiji business was necessary and I have to thank the Amatil Group Leadership Team for their incredible support.”
CCA commissioned Krones AG Group to manufacture and install of Fiji’s favourite carbonated and non-carbonated beverage products. including water. The sizes will range from 500ml to 2.25L beverages. The $6.5 million investment for line construction was made via local purchasing and contractors.