Sidcup’s Olympic Drinks Role

James Brokenshire has been hearing how Sidcup will have a key role in quenching the thirst of Olympic visitors during the London 2012 Games this summer. 

Coca Cola Enterprise’s bottling plant in Cray Road, Sidcup is gearing up for producing thousands of cans and bottles of soft drinks to meet demand at the Olympic Park.  Operations Director Steve Adams and other key managers briefed James during a visit to the plant on preparations to produce, pack and deliver drinks from Sidcup to the Olympics in Stratford.

The Sidcup plant has seen significant investment in recent years with a new bottling line just about to come on stream.  Ambitious plans to improve the factory’s environmental performance by reducing the use of water and electricity are also being developed.  The plant has also hosted numerous school parties at its education centre over recent months and during his visit James spoke to students from Beths School in Bexley who were interested in finding out more about career opportunities in manufacturing and engineering.

Commenting, James said:

“As we count down the days to the Olympic opening ceremony, Sidcup will be playing an important part in ensuring visitors to the Games don’t go thirsty.  It was fascinating for me to hear just how much work has gone into the planning and logistics in getting significant quantities of finished products from Sidcup to Stratford for the Olympics. 

“I welcome the significant investment Coca Cola Enterprises has made at its factory and how this is supporting local employment opportunities as well as pushing innovation in manufacturing.  Coca Cola’s Sidcup team may not win a gold medal for their work, but they’ll certainly be playing a part in supporting the Games and seeing that London 2012 is a success.”