A total of $16.2m will be spent on the Coca-Cola Refreshments facility

A total of $16.2m will be spent on the Coca-Cola Refreshments facility

Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR) has received approval for US$1.2m in funding for its Abilene facility in Texas.

The Development Corporation of Abilene agreed the funding on Tuesday (10 January). A total of $16.2m will be spent on the facility, a spokesperson for CCR told just-drinks yesterday.

CCR, the North America sales and operational division of The Cola-Cola Co, said the investment will be used to upgrade its syrup room and add a production line for the Monster Energy drink.

The Coca-Cola Co signed a deal with Coca-Cola Enterprises in 2008 to distribute Hansen Natural's Monster Energy drinks in the US, Canada and Western European.

"This supports CCR's master plan to establish the Abilene production facility as an innovative research and development centre for the entire CCR system," the spokesperson told just-drinks. "The incentives would be paid out in yearly instalments over three years."

Last month, Coca-Cola Refreshments said it will invest $99m in its Auburndale juice facility in Florida.

Coca-Cola Refreshments was created as a result of the takeover of the North American operations of Coca-Cola Enterprises by The Coca-Cola Co last year. The division comprises of four business components; CCE North America, Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) foodservice, the Minute-Maid/Odwalla Juice business, and CCNA supply chain operations.