Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is consolidating its distribution centres in the state of South Carolina.

The Coca-Cola bottler, based in neighbouring North Carolina, confirmed today (12 June) that it is combining three of its operations in South Carolina into one facility. "We're moving into what we call a regional logistics centre," a spokesperson for the company told just-drinks.

"We have combined our operations in Florence, Marion and Conway, and will be operating out of Marion." The spokesperson added that the bottler has spent in the region of US$2m on upgrading the Marion facility as part of a distribution redesign.

"We're hoping (the move) will save us money in the long-term - that's the plan," the spokesperson concluded.

No job losses are anticipated, with jobs being offered to all staff at the Florence and Conway sites.

Coca-Cola Consolidated is the second largest marketer, producer and distributor of Coca-Cola products in the US. In April, the company said net income for the first three months of 2007 came in at $4.65m, up from $0.8m in the corresponding period a year earlier.