CHANGSHA -- China's 44th
The Changsha plant is the first
Coca-Cola invested 320 million yuan ($41 million U.S. dollars) to build the plant, a key part of the company's plan to invest $4 billion in China between 2015 and 2017.
Located in the state-level Wangcheng Economic and Technological Development Zone, the facility follows green standards with a focus on the use of clean energy. Its rainwater recycling system and other resource reuse systems received Gold Certification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED*).
Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The
“China is our third-largest market by volume, and we remain upbeat about the potential for growth throughout the market. Over the past few years, China’s consumer market has undergone significant structural change and we have continued to invest and adapt to ensure we are best serving our consumers and customers in a fast-changing market,” Kent said. “Earlier this month, we completed the majority of refranchising of company-owned bottling operations in China to strong local partners, including COFCO, which will leverage this new plant to further expand the reach of our growing beverage portfolio in central China.”
Shuanglian added, “The completion of COFCO
* Note: LEEDTM, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. There are four levels of certification: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified.
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