Coca-Cola Amatil sells Thebarton bottling facility

Coca-Cola Amatil has sold its former bottling facility in Thebarton to an Adelaide development company which intends to develop the site for residential and commercial purposes.

The main manufacturing site was sold to Australasian Property Developments for an undisclosed amount. The smaller adjoining sites were sold to Jetwave and Anglicare South Australia in 2018.

Amatil said it is retaining its 170 employees in South Australia, which are largely employed in equipment servicing, distribution, sales and IT.

“We operated from Thebarton for 66 years and produced more than 10 billion bottles right here,” Amatil Group general manager of property Matt Toohey said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We’re keeping our own 170-strong South Australian team in Salisbury, country SA and at our new headquarters in Stirling Street Thebarton.”

In 2017, the iconic Thebarton site was identified as no longer suitable for modernisation, and bottling ceased in December 2018 with production relocating to Amatil facilities in Western Australia and Queensland.

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