Last Bottle Of Coke Bottled In Adelaide Today

End of an era

4 December 2018

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The last bottle of Coca Cola will be bottled in South Australia today. 

Coca Cola is finally shutting shop, but general manager Jarrad Mortimer says the company will still have about 150 employees in SA.

"After 66 years and around 10 billion bottles produced, it's time for this plant to retire," Mr Mortimer said.

"But despite that, we're here to stay in SA.

"We're keeping a local team in sales, distribution, warehousing, cold drink equipment and IT, plus Statewide Recycling."

Production began on Coca Cola's Thebarton site in 1952 with the decision to close the plant coming in February last year.

Since then production has been progressively relocated to other plants in Western Australia and Queensland.

Mr Mortimer said Coca-Cola Amatil had also worked closely with all employees over the two-year transition period to redeploy some and help others find new work.

"The wellbeing of our staff is our top priority and most of those who've left have achieved their goals in employment, study or retirement," he said.

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