Coca-Cola Amatil opens largest Australian facility in Queensland

Coca-Cola Amatil has opened a new bottling and warehouse facility, which is now the company’s largest plant in Australia.

The facility, in Richlands, Queensland, was officially opened on the 2nd of October by Queensland’s premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

The facility supports hundreds of jobs and it is capable of manufacturing more than 90 million unit cases of drinks for national and export markets each year.

“Queensland has gained an international reputation as a great place to do business which is why Coca-Cola Amatil has developed this $165 million vote of confidence in Queensland,” said Palaszczuk.

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“Queensland has low operating costs, a skilled and adaptable workforce, the lowest payroll tax in the nation, generous research and development incentives, excellent transport infrastructure close to Asia and other export links, and a dynamic and stable economy which is expected to reach three per cent growth this financial year.

“The manufacturing giants such as Coca-Cola Amatil are recognising all that’s great about Queensland and are attracted by what my Government is delivering to develop opportunities and grow the economy,” said Palaszczuk.

Coca-Cola Amatil group managing director, Alison Watkins, said the company was proud to be a local manufacturer, and to have headquartered so much of its production in the new facility in Richlands.

“This site is the product of a nationwide search for the best possible location to grow our business,” she said.

“Of all the sites we looked at, Richlands offered the strongest combination of road and port access, efficiency in production, access to east-coast markets and room to grow.

“We also had great engagement with the Queensland Government, which was keen to support manufacturing investment and jobs,” said Watkins.

Coca-Cola Amatil is also partnering with beverage manufacturer Lion to help deliver Queensland’s first container refund scheme.

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said the scheme, known as Containers for Change, will help reduce waste, increase recycling, and create funding and employment opportunities.

“We are proud to have Coca-Cola Amatil on board with Lion to help drive the success of Containers for Change,” said Enoch.

The scheme begins on the 1st of November.

Collaboration allows Rok Kombucha to hit independent grocery market in Australia

Rok Kombucha has teamed up with distributor Monde Nissin Australia to get its products on independent grocery shelves in Australia.

Monde Nissin is responsible for the distribution of food and beverage brands such as Nudie, Wattle Valley, Black Swan and Peckish.

The new partnership, established in August 2018, gives retailers in Monde Nissin’s distribution network an opportunity to supply customers with rok’s organic and authentic range of kombucha.

Rok Kombucha co-founder and managing director Amanda Carroll said securing a quality, national, chilled distributor such as Monde Nissan Australia gave the company the opportunity to access the kombucha segment within the independent grocery market.

“Monde Nissin Australia is widely regarded as the best distributor in the country for independent grocery and have extensive experience bringing premium products to the market, like Nudie Juice, the premium juice offering in Australia,” said Carroll.

“Through Monde Nissin’s network, we hope this is where rok will soon sit in the kombucha category,” she said.

Bolstering this new relationship is rok Kombucha’s recognition as Business of the Year at the 2018 Telstra Margaret River Region Business Awards.

The company also won in the Small and Sensational award category.

“We are proud to be a West Australian regional business,” said Carroll.

Rok Kombucha is produced in the Margaret River region by former AFL footballer and award-winning winemaker, Trent Carroll.

Carroll’s goal is to bring Australia an authentic, premium, probiotic kombucha made from a blend of quality white and green tea and flavoured with raw, cold pressed juices.

Rok drinks are free from extracts, lab-created natural flavours and sweeteners.