Coco-Cola puts fizz into town

Soft drinks giants name Uxbridge as largest man­u­fac­turer head­quar­ters

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

BUSI­NESS is boom­ing in Uxbridge as the town has now be­come the home to the world’s largest Co­caCola man­u­fac­turer head­quar­ters.

The cre­ation of a brand new com­pany within the global Coca-Cola sys­tem, an­nounced this week, will bring in the next phase of Uxbridge’s long-run­ning re­la­tion­ship with the soft drink gi­ant.

Coca-Cola Euro­pean Part­ners (CCEP) will be­gin trad­ing as the world’s largest Coca-Cola bot­tler by net sales, merg­ing the pre­vi­ously named Coca-Cola En­ter­prises Inc (CCE) and bot­tling op­er­a­tions based in Spain, Por­tu­gal and Ger­many.

The of­fices in Uxbridge town cen­tre will be el­e­vated from the GB and Euro­pean base for CCE to the new com­pany’s global HQ – re­spon­si­ble for some 25,000 em­ploy­ees across Europe, who help to make, dis­trib­ute and sell prod­ucts to 300 mil­lion peo­ple in a to­tal of 13 in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

A Coca-Cola spokesman said Uxbridge was the clear choice for the new com­pany’s home, with its his­tory as a base for bot­tling op­er­a­tions, and with Great Bri­tain pre­sent­ing one of the most de­vel­oped mar­kets for Coca-Cola’s port­fo­lio of soft drinks in Europe. Orig­i­nally located in Char­ter Place, CCE moved the short dis­tance across the high street to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, in Bak­ers Road, in March 2013.

John F Brock, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Co­caCola Euro­pean Part­ners, said: “We are proud of our his­tory and on­go­ing role in the com­mu­nity of Uxbridge.

“We are a com­mit­ted part of the lo­cal fab­ric here, both from a busi­ness and so­cial per­spec­tive, and we look for­ward to the next chap­ter as Coca-Cola Euro­pean Part­ners.

“Across Europe, CCEP’s fo­cus will be to con­tinue to make a broader con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety, build­ing on our strong lo­cal her­itage.”

BOOM: Irial Finan, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of The Coca-Cola Com­pany, chair­man Sol Dau­rella and John F Brock, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Coca-Cola Euro­pean Part­ners

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