Coca Cola is planning to invest €20m in a new production line at its plant at Socx near Dunkirk in northern France.

The new line, which could lead to the creation of 35 jobs, will be dedicated to the US group's range of fresh fruit juices and sports drinks.

The Dunkirk plant already has five production lines in service - four of which are dedicated to 33cl bottles (1.5bn units annually). The remaining line is dedicated to one or two litre-capacity PET bottles (130m units annually) and which alone has attracted investment of €41m. Investment in recent years has also targeted repackaging and vending machine repair facilities costing €5.2m.

Set up in 1989, the plant is Coca Cola's main production location in Europe employing close to 300 permanent staff.