Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is one of the company’s largest bottlers, and over the past five years they’ve invested £41million at their Sidcup site in south-east London. It’s their second biggest site in Great Britain, and the funds are going towards manufacturing upgrades and facility developments which will have multiple sustainability benefits.

One upgrade in particular includes pushing the button on a £16.6m high-speed canning line (pictured) for 150ml mini cans and 250ml slim line cans, which will:

• Increase line capacity from 57,600 cans per hour (cpc) to 110,000cph
• Reduce water usage by 20%
• Save 330 tonnes of CO2

The investment also means the installation of a £14.6m high tech, energy efficient canning line for 330ml cans, enabling them to operate at 2,000 cans per minute, and a £4.7m investment on the 500ml PET line, which includes pre-labelling for drinks like Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite.

“We are proud to be a truly local business, both through our workforce and support for the local economy and wider community” said Trevor Newman, Operations Director at Coca-Cola Enterprises Sidcup. “Our on-going investment forms a crucial part of our strategy to continue to grow the business, while remaining as sustainable and environmentally efficient as possible as we work towards the ultimate goal of reducing the carbon footprint of the drink in the consumers’ hand by 2020.”

The Sidcup site continues to run an apprenticeship programme and support the GB Supply Chain Graduate Programme, as part of CCE’s commitment to the development of young people within the sector. Read about the behind the scenes tours for students, and see how Coca-Cola Enterprises invested £13million at their factory in Wakefield, Yorkshire.