Coca-Cola (Yunnan) Beverage Co., Ltd. today officially began construction of a new eco-friendly plant in Kunming City, Yunnan Province. The new facility will replace a plant currently in operation in Kunming, tripling the number of bottling lines from four to 12.  The new plant represents a US$185 million (RMB 1.2 billion) investment and is part of the Coca-Cola system’s current US$4 billion investment plan which began in 2015 and will continue through 2017.  This builds on the $9 billion of investment made in China between 1979 and 2014, and underscores The Coca-Cola Company’s strong confidence in the China market and its business growth in the southwest region…Full Article: The Global Times Apr 2016

Key Point

  • The Kunming Factory will produce Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Ice Dew and Ice Dew Chunyue water.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In China, Sprite, Coca-Cola, and Fanta are the primary drivers of growth for the Coca-Cola Company.
  • In September 2015, Coca-Cola announced it would invest US$4 billion in China over a three year period.
  • In April 2015, Coca-Cola acquired China Culiangwang Beverages (fruit and vegetable drink producer) via the China Green Group for US$400 million. China Culiangwang Beverages Holdings Ltd is based in Hong Kong.
  • As of 2014, Coca-Cola has 43 factories in China and has invested US$9 billion in the country since 1979.
  • In June 2014, Coca-Cola began construction in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, on a factory will that have nine production lines (sparkling and still beverages) and a total capacity of 1.2 million ton per year. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • In 2005, Coca-Cola introduced Minute Maid Pulpy in China. This made-in-China product became a billion dollar brand by 2010.
  • In 1994, Coca Cola built its first factory in Heilongjiang province in Harbin’s Economic-Technological Development Zone and as of 2014, the factory has three production lines (including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Ice Dew) and a capacity of 190,000 tons per year.

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