The first-ever Coca-Cola bottling plant in Laos is officially open for business. 

The Lao Coca-Cola Bottling Co. facility in the Saithani District of the Vientiane province will produce Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and other sparkling brands with the possibility of adding still beverage production lines at a later date. Laos was served previously through exports from a Coca-Cola bottler in Thailand.

“The inauguration of local manufacturing in Laos completes the Coca-Cola system’s presence in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations),” Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, said at the plant’s inauguration ceremony on Aug. 20. “With the establishment of this plant, our business now proudly manufactures and distributes beverages locally in each of the 10 ASEAN member countries, providing tangible economic benefit to the communities we serve. We are confident that Southeast Asia will continue to be one of the most vibrant regions in the world for growth, having achieved sustained economic growth of around 5 percent annually, and we look forward to continuing to invest throughout the region alongside our local bottling partners.”

Laos Bottling Plant

Lao Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Ltd. is a joint venture between ThaiNamthip Limited and Lao firm PT Sole Co., Ltd.

“The successful inauguration of the Lao plant marks another significant step in ThaiNamthip’s regionalization as one of the region’s most experienced beverage bottling and distribution businesses,” said Pornwut Sarasin, chairman of Lao Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Ltd. and chairman of ThaiNamthip Ltd. “We are committed to sharing within all ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) countries ThaiNamthip’s long and deep expertise in the production and distribution of beverages. With more than a billion baht already invested in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Coca-Cola system has, in addition to the plant, also established three distribution centers and is serving over 4,300 retailers every week. We expect the Coca-Cola system to invest a further $10 million  in the next two years.”

Van Hoang Dau, director of Lao Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Ltd. and chairman of PT Sole Co. Ltd., said the company is committed to partnerships with stakeholders to invest and deliver on Coca-Cola’s global sustainability commitments.

"We have been working with the Population and Community Development Association and the National University of Laos to produce rainwater storage jars for villagers," he said. "Already, some 500 units of 2,000 liter jars have been built, benefitting 1,000 villagers in two villages in Sai Thani.”