Celebrating 25 years of Coke in Outwood

Coke might be a big international company but here in Outwood they’re very much a local firm. If you buy a can of Coke in Leeds or Wakefield, the chances are it’s been manufactured using water from East Ardsley reservoir which is then bottled and distributed down the road in Wakefield.

Coke has a proud history in Wakefield and this year it’s the 25 anniversary of their Outwood facility. I joined staff, the Operations Director at Outwood, Ian Johnson and Coke’s Global CEO, John Brock for a tour of their latest, state-of-the-art warehouse at Junction 41.

The company have invested £30 million in the new facility. They’ve even named each of the warehouse’s automated forklift cranes after the loved ones of staff members – so as we walked around the building, Jessica was busy retrieving bottles of Sprite while Charlotte sped off to locate the Diet Coke.

In the last five years Coke have invested over £100m in the Outwood factory and the company’s commitment to the area is set to continue with new investment expected into a new production line.

The staff I spoke to, many of whom have been in post since the factory open, are proud of the company’s commitment to manufacturing in the area. It’s great to see such local production for a global brand. Here’s to the next 25 years!

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Posted April 2nd, 2014 by Ed