Coca‑Cola HBC welcomed Secretary of State James Brokenshire to its Lisburn base.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC), welcomed the recently appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to its Lisburn facility, to give Mr James Brokenshire an overview of the company’s recent achievements and investments across Northern Ireland. Mr Brokenshire was accompanied by Jeffrey Donaldson, MP.
As a major employer in Northern Ireland, Coca‑Cola HBC has a staff of more than 500 people at its facility in Knockmore Hill. The plant produces, distributes, markets and sells a wide range of soft drinks, including Coca‑Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Deep RiverRock.
Congratulating Mr Brokenshire on his appointment, Coca‑Cola HBC General Manager Matthieu Seguin took the opportunity to highlight the company’s sustainability credentials and latest efforts to reduce its impact on the environment. Discussing the recent Prosperity Agreement with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Mr Seguin restated Coca‑Cola HBC’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 15% by 2019.
He said; “Coca‑Cola HBC is committed to minimising its environmental impact, and we continue to find new ways to reduce our footprint. Since 2010, we have reduced our water usage by 13%, reduced our carbon emissions by 52% since 2010, reduced our contribution of waste to landfill to zero, and reduced the amount of plastic wrap used around each pallet and case. We are on track to achieve our commitments across these areas.”
Mr Seguin also gave an overview the company’s community investments particularly in the area of youth development. Initiatives recently supported by the company include the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund, which provides grants for non-profit organisations that have new ideas to inspire and support young people; and the Grand Opera Summer Youth Project in Belfast, which works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Mr Seguin continued; “As a global brand operating at a local level, Coca‑Cola HBC is firmly committed to continuing to play a value-adding role in local communities, as well as the wider Northern Ireland economy.”
"Coca Cola HBC is a major Northern Ireland employer with an extended supply chain that supports many more jobs beyond its Lisburn base. “Meeting staff today I got a sense of the impressive scale of the operation and heard about the results of significant recent investment. “I look forward to maintaining close engagement in the months ahead." James Brokenshire, Northern Ireland Secretary of State