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|Wednesday, June 15, 2011||13:43|
(Drinks Media Wire). A group of MPs and Peers had the chance to see where hundreds of thousands of soft drinks for the 2012 Olympics will be manufactured when they visited the Coca-Cola Enterprises1 (CCE) site at Edmonton today (14 June).
The All-Party Parliamentary Food and Drink Manufacturing Group2 and Food and Drink Federation3 organised the visit to give parliamentarians4 a better understanding of what goes on inside the food and drink industry, the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.
The visit was an enlightening experience for parliamentarians who got to see the high speed production, automated warehousing and sustainable packaging innovation that goes into maintaining CCE’s daily output of millions of soft drinks each day.
They were accompanied by Martin Davies, Operations Director for CCE North London, who gave a brief presentation about Coca-Cola and the manufacturing process. Steve Walters, Quality, Environment, Safety & Health Manager at CCE, led the parliamentarians on a tour of the state of the art manufacturing site in Edmonton.
Martin Davies, CCE Operations Director, North London, says, “We are delighted to welcome our guests to Coca-Cola Enterprises' Edmonton facility. Whilst we represent a global brand, we are wholeheartedly a local business, and are very proud of our contribution to both the communities in which we operate and to the GB economy. Edmonton factory is at the heart of our commitment to grow our business without growing our carbon. We hope that our parliamentary guests and their hosts, the Food and Drink Federation will enjoy seeing our progress towards that goal at first hand.”
The parliamentarians were then shown around CCE’s award winning Education Centre5 - a purpose built facility which hosts tailored educational visits from over 4,000 students a year. Students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the 'world of work' and make connections between what they learn in the classroom and real-life business and manufacturing practice.
APPG Chair, John Stevenson MP said: “I’m delighted to be here today. It’s always fascinating to see the high level of innovation that goes on inside a factory and I am proud to showcase the food and drink industry to parliamentarians.
“Despite upward cost pressures, food and drink manufacturers are increasing their investment on innovation, research and development, in order to deliver value for consumers and to enable the sector to grow and keep pace in a competitive global marketplace. The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, and its' importance to the overall economy should not be underestimated.”
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Notes to Editors
1. About Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. is the world's third-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCE is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. In Great Britain (GB) Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) employs around 4,500 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, regional offices and depots.
ssues of concern to the food and drink manufacturing industry and to raise awareness of these matters in Parliament, to promote the interests of the industry ensuring parliamentarians remain informed of key issues, and to provide a forum for debate and dialogue about issues related to food and drink manufacturing. The Food and Drink Federation provides secretariat support for the APPG.
3. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit: www.fdf.org.uk.
4. Parliamentarians who attended included: Gordon Birtwistle MP; Lord Dykes; Mary Glindon MP; Jason McCartney MP; Nigel Mills MP; Mark Spencer MP and John Stevenson MP.
5. About CCE Education Centres: Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is committed to educating young people about business and enterprise. We have two principal programmes that meet this commitment: our award-winning education centres based at our operational sites and the Real Business Challenge (RBC), a national enterprise competition for schools that won 2010’s Food and Drink Federation Community Partnership Award (Education Category).
Our education centres are fully equipped with interactive classrooms and purpose-built to deliver a subject related insight into the production process alongside a tour of the factory floor. Since 2001, CCE has opened education centres at our sites at East Kilbride, Wakefield and Edmonton; a fourth education at our Sidcup site opens at the beginning of July, a state of the art £750K investment which will allow the site to deliver a world class community education programme as part of CCE’s Olympic legacy.
The centres are run by a General Teaching Council registered teacher employed directly by CCE. Modules taught at the centres link directly to the school curriculum to help students make connections between what they learn in the classroom and real-life business and manufacturing practice. The CCE education centres host over XXXX students every year from local secondary schools, colleges and universities, and plays an important part in offering manufacturing as a viable career path.
|Name: Nicki Hunt|
|Company: Food and Drink Federation (FDF)|
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