Production will move to Lithuania in the interim

Production will move to Lithuania in the interim

The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co is to centralise its Baltic operations in Latvia with the closure of a bottling facility in Estonia.

The Greek bottler told just-drinks today (26 May) that the move will allow the company to become more competitive in the Baltic countries.

Gordon Fyfe, Baltic public affairs and communication manager for CCHBC said the company is constantly looking for opportunities to ensure the long-term sustainability of its business.

“We informed our employees in the Baltics last year that we were going to assess our infrastructure and that management was exploring various options for future investments,” Fyfe said. “Afterwards we announced that the best option for our manufacturing in the Baltic countries was to invest in a new production facility.”

Fyfe said the firm had identified a land plot in Latvia, which it purchased in December.

However, construction on the new facility has not yet begun and in the interim the bottler has closed its Estonia facility and relocated to an existing plant in Alytus, Lithuania.

The company will outsource glass bottle production to Poland.

“This transition is now taking place with production in Tallinn ending at the end of April with the loss of just over 60 jobs. The company has worked closely with the local employee’s representatives and has helped to find a number of local employment opportunities. The expansion of production in Alytus has created some 20 new jobs,” Fyfe said.

He added that the company’s Baltic headquarters remains in Tallinn along with a key warehousing and distribution facility.

“The construction of the new plant in Latvia remains a part of the company’s long-term strategy and business development plan,” Fyfe said.