The Dunkirk site is the newest and largest CCEP site in France with lines producing a range of packs and sizes, covering 10 different beverage brands. Aseptic production is used to manufacture still drinks, such as juices, teas and sports drinks. The site produces more than 600 million litres of beverages each year.
A total of 400 people are currently employed at the site and the expansion will create at least 10 more.
CCEP France has invested more than €100m ($110m) in the Dunkirk site since 2018. Part of this has gone towards measures to improve its carbon footprint, in line with CCEP’s net zero 2040 ambition and GHG emissions reduction target.
For example, the site has installed a device for packaging batches of cans in cardboard instead of plastic, and 100% of the waste created at the site is recycled or recovered.
The site also runs the Coca-Cola ‘Passport to Employment’ program, which involves 400 young people from the Hauts-de-France region each year, and over 25,000 in France since its inception in 2003.
CCEP France produces 90% of the beverages in its portfolio locally and has invested €350m ($387m) from 2009 to 2019 to strengthen its manufacturing capacity in the country.
“Coca-Cola has been produced in France for over 100 years and has a proud heritage here,” said François Gay-Bellile, CEO of CCEP France.
“We are delighted to continue to invest in our operations, to strengthen the local production of our drinks, support our local communities and create additional jobs and expertise.”