Faisalabad, April 17, 2018: CCI Pakistan, Coca-Cola’s bottler in Pakistan inaugurated its Greenfield bottling plant in Faisalabad today. CCI Pakistan is a subsidiary of Coca-Cola İçecek (CCI), headquartered in Turkey, the sixth-largest bottler in the Coca-Cola system globally. Set up with an investment of US$ 45 million, the facility is CCI Pakistan’s 6th plant in the country and CCI’s 26th in the region. The new plant in Faisalabad comprises of CCI’s fastest and highest capacity PET lines and will add 450 million liters to the company’s volume annually. CCI has invested more than US$ 500 million in its business in Pakistan since 2008.

CCI Pakistan has a total of 25 production lines, 530+ distributors and more 330,000 sales points and is catering to a consumer base of 208 million people. In the last 10 years CCI Pakistan has almost doubled its market share.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. Tuncay Özilhan, Chairman Anadolu Group and Coca-Cola İçecek stated, “I am extremely proud to be here today for the opening of CCI’s Faisalabad Greenfield Plant. When we decided to invest in Pakistan back in 2006, we were very confident about the future of this nation. And today I’m pleased to see how our combined efforts have materialized and brought us such a long way in these last 12 years. We continue to expand our investment and business in Pakistan, as is evident from this project being inaugurated today. Knowing Pakistan’s friendly and hardworking people, trusting Pakistan’s talented workforce and promising youth and fascinated by the very rich and diverse culture of this nation, I can, once again, affirm my belief in the future of this country.”

Also speaking at the occasion, Rizwan Khan, General Manager of The Coca-Cola Export Corporation Pakistan & Afghanistan Region, said: “On behalf of The Coca-Cola Company, I would like to congratulate CCI Pakistan on achieving this milestone, which is a clear indication of our confidence in Pakistan’s market. This is truly the best example of strategic alignment within a System, geared by though leadership. Being responsible corporate citizens, we realize the ecological footprint of our business, and this new production plant will facilitate our business by saving costs through efficiency and sustain the communities around through the provision of better livelihoods – job creation, and safe environmental conditions around the plant.”

L-R: Brain Smith, President EMEA TCCC, Zoran Vucinic, President MENA TCCC, Mustafa Yurdakul, Turkish Ambassador, Rizwan Khan, General Manager TCCEC, Ali Huroglu, CCI Group Director Supply Chain, Syed Babar Ali, Founder Packages Limited & Malik M. Rafique Rajwana, Governor of Punjab, Pakistan 

CCI Pakistan General Manager, Mr. John M. Galvin said: “We have had a great start to 2018. In addition to the Faisalabad inauguration we also launched our new water brand Dasani earlier this month. We have further diversified our portfolio with the launch of Monster and Mutant in the energy category.”

Also present at the occasion were His Excellency Mr. Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana Governor, Punjab, His Excellency Mr. Mustafa Yurdakul, Turkish Ambassador, Honorable Minister for Finance Punjab Ms. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Mr. Burak Başarır, CEO Coca-Cola İçecek, Mr. Francisco Crespo Benitez, Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Brian Smith, President of The Coca-Cola Company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Group, Mr. Zoran Vucinic, President Middle East & North Africa Region of The Coca-Cola Company and Mr. Rizwan Ullah Khan GM The Coca-Cola Export Corporation Pakistan and Afghanistan.

About The Coca-Cola Company:

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia, Dasani, FUZE TEA and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo,visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.

About CCI Pakistan:

CCI Pakistan produces, distributes and sells sparkling and still beverages of The Coca-Cola Company in Pakistan. Having first started in 1996, Coca-Cola bottling operations in Pakistan came under the roof of Coca-Cola İçecek in 2008. CCI Pakistan serves a consumer base of 208 million with 6 plants and close to 3000 employees across Pakistan. Its product portfolio comprises Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Fanta, Cappy, Rani, Monster, Mutant & Dasani.