Coca-Cola Enterprises is set to double capacity at its bottling plant near Toulouse, southwest France, after completing a EUR20m (US$28m) extension to the facility's production line.

Coca-Cola Enterprises said yesterday (6 July) that it has added a second multi-drinks production line to its plant in Castanet-Tolosan, in France's Haute-Garonne.

The move represents the soft drinks bottler's largest investment in Europe this year, it said.

It added that the factory will double capacity to more than 100m bottles by 2010 and that the expansion has created 20 permanent jobs.

"This investment shows that France, despite what some have said, remains an attractive country for the industry," said Jean-Pierre Bagard, president and director general of CCE France.

CCE has five plants in France, at Dunkerque, Clamart, Grigny, Pennes-Mirabeau and Castanet-Tolosan. It has invested EUR120m in its facilities in the country since 2004.