CCEP is facing a new sugar tax on its UK drinks from next month

CCEP is facing a new sugar tax on its UK drinks from next month

Coca-Cola European Partners is to eliminate almost 300 jobs in the UK with the closure of two factories.

The Coca-Cola bottler said today its manufacturing site in Milton Keynes and distribution centre in Northampton will shut down next year. The company said 288 people would be affected by the closures.

Work at the two sites will move to CCEP's other UK factories, helping to create 121 new roles, it added. 

CCEP said the move was the "right way forward for our business" and will "significantly improve productivity".

Management at CCEP is braced for change in the UK with the introduction of a sugar tax next month. In February, CEO Damian Gammell said he expects "near-term headwinds, mainly from the introduction of new soft drinks industry taxes".

Gammell was speaking after the company ended its first full year with a lift in sales.

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