ITALY: Coca-Cola Hellenic Italia facility reopens following strikes
Coca-Cola Hellenic Italia halted production at two of its plants in Marcianise and Rionero
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co Italia has re-opened one of its facilities after truckers' strikes in the south of Italy forced the bottler to close two plants earlier this week.
Coca-Cola Hellenic Italia told just-drinks today (27 January) that it had halted production at two of its plants in Marcianise and Rionero as a result of truckers' strikes across Italy over tax rises and economic reforms.
The nationwide protests have been taking place in Italy over the last week, against a drive by the country's Government to reduce its debt through higher indirect taxation. The strikes have spread to railway workers, taxi drivers and petrol stations.
The lorry drivers' grievances include higher insurance costs and an increase in fuel by $0.08 per litre to EUR1.76 (US$2.30).
"As a result of the national transport strike, we decided to stop production at bottling plants in Marcianise and Rionero," the spokesperson told just-drinks. "Such a decision was dictated by the impossibility of receiving raw materials required for the production of soft drinks (Marcianise) and for the bottling of mineral water (Rionero), as well as the inability to allow regular delivery of finished products from both warehouses."
Despite this, the spokesperson told just-drinks that "the situation in Italy is much better" today, and as a result, it has re-opened the Rionero plant.
The company said it will restart production at its Marcianise plant once it receives a delivery of raw materials on Monday.
The spokesperson said it hopes that a "recovery plan" put in place will avoid any effect on supplies.
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