Coca-Cola Amatil to shut Bayswater factory, cut 60 jobs

Amatil will close its Bayswater bottling plant, cutting 57 jobs and moving
production to a larger plant over the next year.

group managing director Alison Watkins made the announcement yesterday, the ABC and others report, as part of a three-year efficiency and savings drive.

“The closure of Bayswater and relocation of its three
production lines to larger facilities will optimise our manufacturing footprint
and is an integral part of our plan to reduce our cost base and return CCA to
growth,” Watkins said in a statement.

“We have invested more than $500 million in our Australian
supply chain over the past five years and we need to make sure we drive the
best efficiencies we can to get the best returns possible on our significant

The Bayswater plant is the smallest of six that CCA operate in
Australia, Fairfax notes. Its three production lines will be shifted to a capital city plant.

The announcement of 57 redundancies follows news of 100 jobs cut
last month.

Tomorrow Watkins is due to detail the results of a strategic
review, which aims to deliver increased productivity and innovation at the country’s
largest non-alcoholic beverage company.

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