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Coca Cola launches new bottling plant in Uttar Pradesh, India

US-based Coca Cola has opened its 58th bottling plant in India in Chatta region of Uttar Pradesh, which is owned by Brindavan Agro Industries.

The plant is built with an investment of around INR1350m ($22m), which is expected to provide employment to about 225 people, and will cater to nine districts of Western Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Madhya Pradesh.

The new plant comprises two bottling lines, which include sparkling PET line and sparkling glass bottle line holding the capacity to produce around 600 bottles each per minute.

Coca Cola senior vice president and chief technical officer Guy Wollaert said the new plant will not only enhance economic growth, but also contribute to the development of the local community.

"This new plant reflects our belief in India as a strategic growth market with immense potential," Wollaert added.

The company plans to invest about $5bn in India by 2020, while it had invested around $2bn in the country between 1993 and 2011.