Coca-Cola Enterprises investment will be made across its Wakefield, East Kilbride and Sidcup sites

Coca-Cola Enterprises' investment will be made across its Wakefield, East Kilbride and Sidcup sites

Coca-Cola Enterprises has announced a GBP50m (US$77.5m) investment across three of its sites in the UK.

The money will be spent across Coca-Cola Enterprises's (CCE) Wakefield, East Kilbride and Sidcup manufacturing facilities and will form part of the soft drinks bottler's strategy to grow its business sustainably, it said today (25 November).

The majority of the investment will be made at CCE's Wakefield site, where GBP30m will be spent on an automated warehouse designed to double the firm's storage capacity and save around 500,000 road miles per year. The improvements will take two years to complete.

CCE's East Kilbride site will benefit from a GBP5.4m investment that will see the installation of an "energy-efficient bottle blowing facility" for producing lightweight PET bottles, and a packaging machine that removes the need to use cardboard in multi-pack products.

Around GBP15m will be spent on boosting production capabilities at CCE's Sidcup site. Additions will include a canning line to increase capacity by 20m cases per year, while using 20% less water.

"The GBP50m investment is crucial to developing our business in line with our fundamental objective to grow more, while minimising our impact on the environment," said CCE's UK managing director, Simon Baldry.