AUSTRALIA – Coca-Cola Europacific Partners plc (CCEP) Australia has inaugurated a new US$43.7 million state-of-the-art can line at its production site in Moorabbin, Victoria.

The company said the new can line will be beneficial in meeting the increasing consumer demand for canned beverages, while also allowing it to scale local can produce.

In addition, the CCEP boasted that the new Moorabbin can line is the most sustainable production line within the company’s Australian operations and delivers considerable water and energy efficiencies.

Using less water than other existing can lines, the Moorabbin can line is estimated to save the equivalent of more than six Olympic-sized swimming pools of water per year, according to the company.

The can line can produce up to 1700 cans per minute in a variety of formats and sizes, from ‘mini’ 250ml and 375ml cans to 500ml packs.

This includes popular favorites such as Coca-Cola No Sugar, Sprite, Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling, Canadian Club & Dry, Monster, and Mother Energy.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Vice President and General Manager of Australia, the Pacific, and Indonesia Peter West said: “This new can line at Moorabbin allows us to make a larger range of canned beverages from across our portfolio of non-alcoholic and alcoholic brands locally in Victoria, meaning our products are closer to the end-consumer. This minimizes freight movements and, in turn, helps to reduce carbon emissions.

“We’re also incredibly proud that we’ve been able to further our gender equality ambitions through the new infrastructure at Moorabbin, supporting career opportunities for women in the supply chain. More than 50 percent of the team that works on the new can line are women, and we’ve increased female representation across our Victorian supply chain workforce by more than three percent over the past year.”

Mr. West expects the site’s energy usage will drop by approximately 160,000-kilowatt hours each year.

This is largely thanks to the line’s ability to fill cans at room temperature, eliminating the energy typically required to cool liquid as part of the filling process.

The can line at Moorabbin is complemented by CCEP’s new-look Distribution Centre (DC) at nearby Mentone, which houses a US$17.4 million Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS).

The ASRS provides 12,000 additional pallet spaces, ensuring the Mentone DC is equipped to support Moorabbin’s increased can production whilst helping to support the efficient dispatch of product orders to customers in Australia’s southern states.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Vice President of Supply Chain – Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Orlando Rodriguez commented that the new infrastructure at Moorabbin and Mentone allows CCEP to slash its inter-state freight by more than one million kilometers per year, cutting CO2 emissions by 830 tonnes.

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