Coke opens 11-hectare plant in Misamis Oriental

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011


COCA-COLA's newest and most technologically advanced manufacturing plant in Mindanao was inaugurated on Tuesday in Villanueva town, east of Misamis Oriental, approximately an hour travel from Cagayan de Oro.

Cat Avelino, Corporate Communications officer, said the 11-hectare bottling plant operates using the most modern state-of-the-art equipment and highly-skilled associates.

A multi-technology facility, the Misamis Oriental plant was slated for silver-Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification due to its building approach and environmental conservation capabilities.

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"Leed certification is given by the United States Green Building Council to buildings with capabilities in water efficiency, energy, efficiency, resource conservation, as well as occupational safety," Avelino said.

Wally Panganiban, Coca-Cola's Media Relations Officer, said part of the plant's environmental features include rainwater harvesting, state-of-the-art technology for wastewater treatment, solid waste segregation, high efficiency motors to reduce air pollution, LED lighting fixtures and water conservation features in the site services.

Mayor Juliet Uy of Villanueva expressed optimism that the establishment of the plant in her small town would generate employment to both unemployed men and women in the locality.

Aside from improving Coca-Cola's production and distribution capability in Mindanao, the Villanueva plant will also serve as part of the Visayas region due to its strategic location.

"The Misamis Oriental plant is the first Greenfield operation in almost 10 years, where we are building a plant from the ground up, instead of just upgrading existing facilities. We're inaugurating an environmentally and technologically world-class facility. This is a very exciting time for us," said Bill Schultz, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines (CCBP) chief executive officer, in a press conference.

CCBP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company based in Atlanta, USA, operates 23 plants and 47 sales offices across the country with over 7,000 employees.

Aside from Misamis Oriental, other areas in Mindanao where CCBP is present include Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Davao and Zamboanga.

Coca-Cola has been in the Philippines since the beginning of the 20th Century and has been locally producing since 1912.

The Philippines was the first non-US national to receive a Coca-Cola bottling and distribution franchise.

The Philippine bottling operation is currently among the top 10 largest globally.

The plant's construction, according to Schultz, is part of the company's commitment of US$1 billion investment in the Philippines for the next five years.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 09, 2011.

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