Processes

We have invested in a number of processes to minimise our impact on the environment and improve business efficiency.

Our production process starts with syrup, concentrate or beverage base. Once mixed with water, our finished products are packaged in a variety of plastic (PET), glass bottles, cans and cartons.

Customers and consumers expect our products to be consistently high quality, and we aim to meet and exceed their expectations.

Our commitment to sustainability is also embedded to the core of our business strategy and plays an integral role in our day-to-day activities at Knockmore Hill. 

These commitment is underpinned by the international standard ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 as well as by our own Quality and Food Safety policy and the global standards of The Coca‑Cola Company.

We monitor production processes closely and have sophisticated control equipment and testing programmes for key stages of the process. For example, electronic bottle inspection equipment is installed on all refillable bottling lines which can identify even the tiniest irregularity in a product.

Here are some of the modern processes we use at our Knockmore Hill plant. 

Engineer working in the Coca-Cola HBC plant in Romania

Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants are cleaner and more efficient than conventional power plants, and our CHP unit at Knockmore Hill has played a key part in our carbon-reduction strategy. 

This on-site CHP unit supplies all the heating, cooling and electricity needs of our plant, and we have reduced carbon emissions by 65 percent as a result of its implementation. 

Coca‑Cola HBC was the first in the beverage industry to implement the Combined Heat & Power (CHP) technology. We have committed to build 15 CHP units in twelve countries and have built 12 to date. 

The European Commission named our Combined Heat and Power (CHP) programme an Official Partner of the Sustainable Energy Europe campaign, which is a great honour and achievement for us.  

Recent projects

2016 saw a major investment of £1.3m in our canning line. 

As the most heavily utilised line in our facility, this upgrade will allow us to grow to meet future demand with an enhanced capacity of 25 percent.

 

Coca-Cola HBC representative with a customer

Energy-efficient coolers

Our commitment to sustainability also extends to the marketplace.

Our beverages are best served chilled and as a result, the placement of coolers and other cold drink equipment on our customers’ premises is an important part of our business strategy.

 

While do not operate this equipment directly, we feel a responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint and we work with our suppliers to improve its energy efficiency.

We continue to purchase coolers that are increasingly energy-efficient and we train our employees to ensure that coolers in the marketplace operate correctly at all times. 

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have also been completely phased out from our equipment through a capture and removal programme in the marketplace, and we are working to eliminate hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs), the greenhouse gases widely used in commercial and domestic refrigeration. We no longer use HFCs in insulation foam and are trialing alternative refrigerant gases. All new coolers purchased are HFC free and have energy management devices fitted – we have an ambition to replace 75 percent of all coolers with these energy efficient coolers over the next five years.