Coca-Cola plans to invest $30 million to retrofit its Lachine plant in Montréal with state-of-the-art infrastructure and increase its productivity by 30%.
Québec comes out tops
“This is an important milestone in the history of Coca-Cola in Montréal, and it demonstrates the multinational’s commitment to the Québec market,” Robert Fleury, Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada’s Vice-President for Québec and Eastern Canada, said at a press conference. “With 120 years of history in the province, Coca-Cola continues to make Québec a priority, and we don’t expect that to change in the years ahead.”
“This entirely private investment could have been made elsewhere in Canada, but this is where it’s happening. The initiatives we have taken in Québec are paying dividends, and Coca-Cola’s investment is proof of that. It’s when companies take steps to acquire new technologies, like Coca-Cola Canada has done, that our manufacturing sector is able to move forward,” noted Dominique Anglade, Québec’s Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation.
More Coca-Cola, less pollution
In addition to increasing production, Coca-Cola’s Lachine plant, which makes only soft drinks, expects to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and save 25 million litres of water a year. That comes as a direct result of the plant’s acquisition of the machinery it needs to manufacture its own bottles, which means it will no longer have to import containers by truck from the U.S.