Coca-Cola to close sites in Milton Keynes and Northampton affecting almost 300 jobs

Company said cuts will allow it to improve productivity and create greater efficiency in the UK

Coca-Cola employs around 4,000 people in the UK
Coca-Cola employs around 4,000 people in the UK

Coca-Cola has announced that it is closing sites in Milton Keynes and Northampton, affecting almost 300 jobs.

The global drinks company’s European arm on Wednesday said that it had concluded a 55-day period of consultation with employees and their representatives and that it had decided to move ahead with the proposals to close the manufacturing site in Milton Keynes and the distribution centre in Northampton.

Closures will take place next year and will affect 288 roles.

“We want to stress that this is not a reflection on the performance or professionalism of our colleagues at these sites,” a spokesperson for Coca-Cola European Partners said.

The spokesperson added that the group is committed to supporting all those affected throughout the process of closure and beyond, by offering training and development opportunities.

“In addition, there will be redeployment opportunities within our business with the creation of 121 new roles across our manufacturing and distribution network.”

Coca-Cola said that the decision, while a difficult one to make, will allow the business to improve productivity and create greater efficiency in the UK. All production and warehousing currently taking place at the Milton Keynes and Northampton sites will be transferred to other UK locations.

In addition to Coca-Cola Classic, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, the company also produces Fanta, Sprite, Dr Pepper and Lilt in the UK, as well as Oasis, Appletiser, Honest herbal teas, sports drink Powerade and Schweppes Abbey Well water.

Coca-Cola employs around 4,000 people in the UK. Aside from Milton Keynes, it has manufacturing sites in Sidcup, Edmonton, Wakefield, Morpeth and East Kilbride.

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