Coca-Cola Singapore has opened a new $57.5 million storage and distribution center to support Coke’s evolution into a total beverage company to give people Asia Pacific more of the drinks they want and love, including low- and no-sugar options and enhanced offerings.

The facility is Singapore’s first warehouse with an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) built on top of the loading and unloading bays, utilizing approximately half the space of conventional warehousing operations. Located across the street from the company’s existing concentrate plant in Tuas, the state-of-the-art was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification2 and Green Mark Gold Certification. It features an enclosed overhead bridge with a dual, two-way conveyance system that transports the products from the manufacturing facility to the storage warehouse, and ingredients from the storage warehouse to the manufacturing facility.

The Tuas concentrate plant and distribution center are operated by Pacific Refreshments Private Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company. Together, they will produce and distribute more than 200 different concentrates spanning the spectrum of brands that are consumed locally in the markets Coca-Cola serves, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Schweppes, Heaven & Earth, Minute Maid and Powerade.

An opening ceremony attended by more than 250 employees, business partners and special guests, including Sim Ann, senior minister of state for trade and industry.

John Murphy
John Murphy (left), Asia-Pacific Group president, The Coca-Cola Company, with Sim Ann, Singapore's senior minister of state for trade and industry.

“Asia is one of our fastest-growing markets and we see high demand for our wide range of beverages across the region,” said John Murphy, president of Coke’s Asia-Pacific Group. “This new distribution center is an investment in automation and technology that will position the company for quality growth well into the future.”

Thien Kwee Eng, assistant managing director of Singapore’s Economic Development Board, said the center “demonstrates Singapore’s position as a strategic base for regional supply chain operations, as well as Coca-Cola’s commitment to set new benchmarks for Singapore’s food manufacturing industry.”