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Coca-Cola announces global expansion of plastic packaging production

The Coca-Cola Company has announced supply partnership with JBF Industries in India to globally expand the plant-based material’s production, which is used in the company’s PlantBottle packaging.

The Coca-Cola Company vice president, procurement & chief procurement officer Ronald Lewis said the company’s partnership with JBF Industries will help it further expand global production.

"In 2009, we introduced the world to our PlantBottle ™ package — the first recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants," Lewis said.

The partnership will allow Coca-to get closer to its target of using PlantBottle packaging technology in all of its plastic bottles by 2020.

According to Coca-Cola, JBF will build a new facility in Araraquara, Sao Paulo, Brazil to produce bio-glycol ingredient, which is used to make PlantBottle packaging. The ingredient will be produced using locally sourced sugarcane and sugarcane processing waste.

Construction on the Sao Paulo facility is expected to start at the end of 2012 and last for two years. Once operational, the facility is expected to produce 500,000mt of material per year and will use plant-based materials instead of non-renewable materials.

Since its launch, the PlantBottle packaging has eliminated the equivalent of almost 100,000mt of carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent of 200,000 barrels of oil from Coca-Cola’s PET plastic packaging.