Coca-Colas Wexford facility is expected to create around 100 jobs

Coca-Cola's Wexford facility is expected to create around 100 jobs

The Coca-Cola Co has opened a US$300m manufacturing and innovation facility in Ireland.

The plant, which is now fully operational, will support Coca-Cola's growth initiatives in the country and includes manufacturing, laboratory and pilot plant facilities, the firm said this week. The facility is expected to create up to 100 jobs, with 65 positions currently filled.

In addition, Coca-Cola has expanded its global business shared services operations in Drogheda. The investment includes new offices and the creation of up to 100 positions, of which 40 roles have been filled to date. The offices will officially open in late October.

"Our continued investments in Wexford, Drogheda and throughout Ireland will ensure we sustain and enhance our growth globally in the coming years," said Coca-Cola's chairman and CEO, Muhtar Kent. "The Coca-Cola brand has been in Ireland for more than half a century and our long history here gives us continued confidence in the strength of the Irish workforce, the commitment of the Irish government and the know-how of Irish people to support our business."

In Ireland and Northern Ireland, Coca-Cola employs around 1,900 people at ten facilities. Coca-Cola was first available in the Republic of Ireland in 1952 and has been available in Northern Ireland since 1939.