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Moon Beverages opens new $22m Coca-Cola bottling plant in India

Coca-Cola's franchise bottling partner Moon Beverages has opened a new bottling plant at Greater Noida in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which involved an investment of INR1400m ($22m).

The plant, which brings to total 57 manufacturing plants within the Coca-Cola system in the country, comprises a can line to manufacture sparkling beverages and a still beverage line.

The advanced combi-block still beverage line can manufacture juice as well as still beverages such as water and sports drink.

According to Coca-Cola, the sparkling can line is the second such line for Coca-Cola operations in the country.

Coca-Cola International TCCC executive vice-president and president Ahmet Bozer said that the inauguration of the new plant is in keeping with the company’s long term growth plans for the country.

"Our investments in the India are on track as we build scale, manufacturing capacity, distribution capability and a robust product portfolio to realize our business goals in India," Bozer added.

The plant has already created a water recharge potential of 160,000 KL/ year and will serve the growing consumer demand for safe packaged beverages.

Various energy saving features have been included in the plant during the design and construction, including energy efficient LED lights, provision of natural light and ventilation.