Swire Coca-Cola, USA Acquires Denver Production Center from The Coca-Cola Company

DRAPER, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Swire Coca-Cola, USA announced today the completion of its acquisition of the Coca-Cola Production Center in Denver, Colorado. The purchase is part of The Coca-Cola Company’s refranchising process. Swire Coca-Cola’s operation of the production facility commenced on October 28th.

The addition of the Denver Production Center builds on Swire Coca-Cola’s growing footprint in the United States. The Utah-based company now operates in 13 western states. Prior to this purchase, Swire Coca-Cola operated five other production facilities. This sixth production plant increases Swire Coca-Cola’s workforce by almost 130 employees, bringing its total head count to almost 6,700.

In May 2014 Swire Coca-Cola acquired Coca-Cola’s distribution franchise for metro Denver and the Front Range, which was followed by the addition of new distribution centers in the Stapleton area, Pueblo and Johnstown.

Swire’s Denver Production Center will start by manufacturing an estimated 20 million cases of beverages annually.

“We are very excited to have the Denver production plant coming under our ownership,” said Jack Pelo, CEO of Swire Coca-Cola. “It has been our experience that our business model operates most efficiently and provides the best customer service when we own both manufacturing and distribution operations for the Coca-Cola brands.”

“Swire Coca-Cola’s amazing growth – we have quadrupled in size in just over three years – is exciting and bodes well for our continued success,” continued Pelo. “We look forward to continuing to provide the world’s most refreshing beverages to people across the West.”

Swire Coca-Cola, USA is a part of the beverages division for Swire Pacific Limited (HKSE: 00019/00087).

About Swire Coca-Cola, USA

At Swire Coca-Cola, USA we proudly create the magical feelings, special times and great taste of America's favorite beverages. Our commitment to excellence guides our actions with our employees, customers and communities. Swire Coca-Cola, USA produces, sells and distributes Coca-Cola and other beverages, including more than 300 brands across 13 states. The company’s territory includes parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. With almost 6,700 employees and headquarters in Draper, Utah, Swire Coca-Cola, USA is a subsidiary of Swire Pacific Limited (HKSE: 00019/00087) (www.swirepacific.com) as part of its beverages division. For more information, visit us at: www.swirecc.com.

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