Coca-Cola and many of our other soft drinks start life as a base
syrup. Very few people know the secret recipe of a Coke and to
protect it, the syrup arrives at our GB factories in two parts,
which need to be mixed in the right proportions.
Once mixed, we dilute the syrup with water and add sugar or
sweetener to it before adding fizz to it, if it's sparkling, with
carbon dioxide and filling and packing bottles or cans ready to be
delivered to our customers.
Our secret recipe syrups are made in Ireland before being
shipped to Great Britain.
From start to finish it takes about two hours to make a soft
We make our soft drinks in batches of around 100,000
Our various factories have different lines making different
kinds of pack type and size
Our fastest canning line fills 2,000 cans a minute
Our fastest bottling line fills 500 2 litre bottles a
Our factory in Wakefield is the biggest soft drinks factory in
Many of our factories operate 24 hours a day, seven days a
We do work with a small number of specialist packers in Great
Britain to make some of our drinks in tetrapak cartons - for
example Five Alive
All of our sites are reducing energy and water use and recycle
as much waste as possible - five of them already send zero waste to