Inside the Coca Cola Bottling Plant

The Coolest industry Tour: Coca-Cola HBC

Inside the Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
Inside the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, Switzerland

Situated in Bruttisellen, on the outskirts of Zurich, is the plant that provides for 82% of the Coca-Cola drinks in Switzerland. The Hellenic bottling Company was set up in 1936 and is the world’s 3rd largest Coca-Cola bottling plant in terms of volume.
BusinessGamut recently visited the Coca-Cola visitor centre and took a tour. The amazing 2 hour-long tour was free for us, as we had a group of 40 people. The tour started with a brief history of Coca-Cola and the vision of the company.
Currently, a litre of Coca-Cola takes 1.6 liters of water, which the company is aiming to bring down to 1.5 liters. 

Coca-Cola Water Consumption per liter is 1.6 liters for 1 liter of Coca-cola
Coca-Cola Water Consumption per liter

Moving forward, our large group was divided into two teams, Team White & Team Red. These two teams then battled it out to win the competition, which contained 9 different tasks, each of which educated us more about Coca-Cola. As we went ahead with the tasks, we got insights about the iconic drink and the company.

How they do the bottling

After the games and tasks, we went on to the production tour. Here we came across the whole process of bottling, from the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preform to the finished bottle. The size of the PET preform is about 5 inches, which is then heated and with the help of compressed air, is transformed into a full-sized bottle. The bottles are checked from time to time for their quality and uniformity. These are first cut into three parts, namely top, body and base, and then weighed before performing strength test. 
These plastic bottles are made from a mixture of recycled plastic and new plastic. Then these bottles are labelled and sent for cleaning. After cleaning, these are filled with respective drink and capped.
Then these bottles are packed in the packs of desired sizes, which may be a pack of 4, 6, 9, 12 or 16 bottles. Then these packs are stacked onto one other to store them in the warehouse from where these are transported further. And here our production tour came to an end.
Coca-Cola Bottles Stacked
Coca-Cola Bottles Stacked
After observing the stacked Coca-Cola bottles, we were taken inside where a freestyle fountain drink dispenser was present where we were free to create our own beverage with 100 different flavours. Some of the flavours are unique to the Switzerland plant, which was a treat to taste. 
There was also a 360 Matrix-style camera which allows visitors to record their video while jumping and send it by email.

Overall, it was the coolest industry tour so far. Hope you got an idea about what happens inside the Coca-Cola bottling plant.

Comment below your views and your industry tour experience.

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