Coca-Cola to build $100m bottling plant in Saudi Arabia

Drinks manufacturer says new plant in Sudair will be completed by 2019
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By Sarah Townsend
Thu 06 Oct 2016 11:10 AM

Coca-Cola plans to build an 187,000 sq m bottling plant in Sudair, Saudi Arabia, at a cost of up to $100 million, it said on Wednesday.

The plant will include production lines for soft drinks and bottled water and is to be completed by 2019.

The new facility will create jobs for an estimated 200 Saudi nationals, Coca-Cola claimed, adding that it chose Sudair City as the location for the plant because of its proximity to the capital, Riyadh, and its strategic importance as a centre for manufacturing in the kingdom.

Samer Al Khawashki, president, consumer division, of ‎Olayan Financing Company and MD of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Saudi Arabia, said: “Coca-Cola is committed to investing in the Saudi market, considering the vast economic opportunities as well as the large consumer base.

“Our commitment is aligned with the kingdom’s Vision 2030 to build a strong and solid economy, and ensure the growth of the retail sector while creating job opportunities for youth.”

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