BRAMPTON, October 25, 2016 – Fifteen years ago, Coca-Cola officially opened the doors to its then largest combination production, sales and warehouse facility in North America.  Today, employees were joined by special guests including MPP Harinder Malhi and Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey to celebrate this special occasion.

"I remember when Coca-Cola first opened the largest production, warehouse, distribution and sales facility in North America right here in Brampton 15 years ago,” said Harinder Malhi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton-Springdale.  “It was a proud moment to have such an iconic brand here in our community, and to realize the number of jobs that have been created over the years along with the many community investments and continued innovation at the bottling plant."

When it opened, the facility set the pace for Coca-Cola to meet current and future growth opportunities and continue to be the leading distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in Canada.  Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada President Bill Schultz confirmed that Coca-Cola Brampton continues to be a showcase for innovation and sustainability.

“Brampton has been at the forefront of innovation for Coca-Cola in Canada, with our most popular product and package launches coming off the lines including our 12-pack Fridgemate package, Coca-Cola Zero, our exciting Share a Coke bottles, and our 414mL and 500mL PET bottles,” said Schultz. “We have also invested in new capabilities and technology such as in-line blow molding for our PET bottles, air rinsers and dry lubrication for our conveyors to ensure we only grow our business, not our environmental footprint.”

At 630,000 sq. ft., the Brampton facility is still Coca-Cola’s largest facility in Canada, supplying product to distribution centres across Canada from Richmond, BC to Halifax, NS.  It employs over 1,300 associates, manufacturing approximately 41 million standard physical cases (SPCs) including a wide range of sparkling soft drinks, Dasani sparkling and still water, and Bag-In-Box syrup for fountain customers.  Between the five production lines, the facility can produce 355mL cans and PET bottles from 355mL up to 2L.

In honour of the milestone, Mayor Linda Jeffrey proclaimed October 25, 2016 as Coca-Cola Day in the city of Brampton.  

“Coca-Cola has been a valued partner in the City of Brampton for the past 15 years,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey.  “Coca-Cola is a community partner that employs 1,300 people and invests in our city and our residents through numerous community events, most recently, last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in downtown’s Garden Square.”

About Coca-Cola in Canada

Coca-Cola in Canada operates in all ten provinces, and employs 6,300 people in more than 50 facilities, including six production facilities across Canada. We offer a wide variety of beverage brands, many of which come in no-calorie and low-calorie options. These beverages include sparkling soft drinks, still waters, juices and fruit beverages, sports drinks, energy drinks and ready-to-drink teas. We’re proud to offer some of the most popular brands in Canada including Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Coca-Cola Zero®, Coca-Cola LifeTM, Sprite®, Fanta®, NESTEA®, POWERADE®, Minute Maid®, Dasani® and vitaminwater®. Coca-Cola in Canada is represented by Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada and Coca-Cola Ltd. For more information about our Company, please visit www.coca-cola.ca or download the Coca-Cola Ambassador app.

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