Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) —the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country-- recently unveiled at its Davao del Sur plant its most advanced manufacturing line for returnable glass bottles (RGB) in the country. Employing the most advanced technologies, the new RGB line has a greater production capacity—further improving on the Company’s service to its customers and contributing to the bid to spur local and national economic recovery.
“Our investments in 2020 went into ensuring that we can continue to care for our people, secure jobs, and expand our operations, particularly in the Mindanao region,” said Gareth McGeown, CEO and President of CCBPI during the inauguration. He added, “With this new line, we celebrate a milestone not just for the company, but for the region and the country. Today is a testament of the better days that lie ahead of all of us.”
The inauguration ceremony held on February 4, 2021 was attended by Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur Mayor Jaime G. Lao Jr., who was also given a tour by plant officials. The event, spearheaded by the plant leadership team led by Plant Manager Joy Beleno, observed strict health protocols. Adapting to the new normal, Coca-Cola executives based in Manila joined the ceremony virtually.
“We continue to remain strong as a business. We at Coca-Cola know that it hasn’t been easy, but with the support of the IATF, the DTI, and local government partners such as Mayor Lao, and, of course, our people—we’ve been able to emerge stronger from 2020,” said Atty. Juan Lorenzo Tañada, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director of CCBPI.