Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has invested £49 million in Wakefield as it celebrates thirty years since the West Yorkshire site opened.
The investment into the site – believed to be the largest soft drinks factory in Europe – includes the opening of a £24 million canning production line.
A further £10 million investment at the site will fund a new state-of-the-art process plant which will regulate processes across lines.
The business has also allocated £15 million to an existing canning line to replace the use of plastic shrink wrap across multipacks of cans with 100% recyclable cardboard.
“As a truly local business, we are proud to manufacture some of the nation’s favourite drinks right here from our factory in Wakefield,” said Steve Thorpe, Interim Director at CCEP Wakefield.
“This recent investment demonstrates Coca-Cola European Partners’ long-term commitment to the Wakefield area and to manufacturing in GB as a whole.”
Leendert den Hollander, Vice-President and General Manager, CCEP GB, said: “Wakefield is a great example of the legacy that our local sites can provide our communities, while remaining focused on delivering manufacturing excellence throughout our operations in Great Britain.”
MP Andrea Jenkyns said: “I welcome Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) commitment to supporting manufacturing in GB by investing £49 million in its Wakefield operations. This is positive news for the local economy and a further boost for West Yorkshire.”