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March 27, 2012

Pepsi Cola to launch new bottling line in the Philippines

Beverage-maker Pepsi Cola Products Philippines (PCPPI) has earmarked P3.22bn ($75m) to set up a new bottling line in northern Luzon, Philippines, and to boost its product distribution network across Mindanao.

By Srivani Venna

Beverage-maker Pepsi Cola Products Philippines (PCPPI) has earmarked P3.22bn ($75m) to set up a new bottling line in northern Luzon, Philippines, and to boost its product distribution network across Mindanao.

The new P500m ($12m) line will be part of the existing plant in Rosario, La Union, and deliver an additional seven million cases to produce both carbonated and non-carbonated drinks.

The company also completed a P500m ($12m) expansion and systems upgrade for its bottling plant in Zamboanga City, Mindanao, Philippines as part of PCPPI’s effort to expand its distribution network in Mindanao.

PCPPI senior vice president for technical operations Daniel Gregorio said the project includes the installation of a bottling line, a new water treatment and filtration system and an added inventory of containers.

"This sophisticated bottling line, which is capable of producing carbonated soft drinks in returnable glass, will triple the company’s production capacity and enable it to provide stable supply of Pepsi products to the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and the islands of Basilan, Jolo, Tawi-Tawi and Bongao," Gregorio said.

According to Gregorio, the project has helped increase the company’s presence in the region.

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The line will allow PCPPI to supply Pepsi products to the provinces Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and the islands of Basilan, Jolo, Tawi-Tawi and Bongao.

Last month, the company commissioned a similar bottling line in Cagayan de Oro City in Philippines and purchased a prime lot in Davao City with plans to build another bottling plant there.

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