In a move being mourned by the local community Coca-Cola filled its last bottle of soft drink yesterday at its Adelaide factory.
The Thebarton factory operated for 66 years, and was something of a local icon regularly opening its doors to school tour groups.
But now South Australia will be supplied from plants in Western Australia and Queensland.
The company blamed an outdated factory hemmed in by other ageing plants and difficult to expand for its demise. Falling transport costs must also figure in the decision.
Coca-Cola Amatil put on a brave face publicly:”Cheered on by our people, the last batch of 1 litre bottles of Coca-Cola No Sugar rolled off the production line, marking the end of an era.
“Although manufacturing is coming to a close, we’re set to stay in SA! Our local and dedicated team of more than 150 people will continue living Amatil’s values.”
Picture: Coca-Cola Amatil
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