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Coca-Cola commits new investments to Maldives

Malika Shahid
17 November 2022, MVT 12:30
New Can packaging of Coca-Cola -- Photo: Coca Cola Maldives
Malika Shahid
17 November 2022, MVT 12:30

Coca-Cola Company is expanding its packaging offerings in Maldives with a new, first-of-its-kind canning line in the country.

Launched as part of the company’s commitment to introduce sustainable packaging solutions, the new investment by Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in Maldives, Male’ Aerated Water Company (MAWC), allows for the first time ever the company’s beverages to be packaged in cans manufactured directly in the island nation.

The company is taking steps to enable and promote solutions that effectively tackle plastic pollution and create a circular economy around the use of its packaging. This includes "Sprite", a beverage of Coca-Cola Company recently transforming its packaging from the famous green bottle to a clear which has a higher chance of being collected, recycled and reused; creating a circular solution for plastic in the Maldives.

The entire beverage range offered by the Company; Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Schweppes and Bon Aqua is available in glass bottles as well.

“At MAWC, we are committed to creating economic opportunities through new investments. As we stay true to our aim of better serving consumers and the tourism sector, we are also keen to engage with the government in exploring ways to create a circular economy around our packaging and tackle plastic pollution in the Maldives,” said Sanjay Maniku, Managing Director of Male’ Aerated Water Company.

The canning line at MAWC’s bottling plant located in Kaafu Atoll Thulusdhoo adds to Coca-Cola’s efforts to innovate and expand its packaging offering in Maldives. Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta Orange, Fanta Strawberry, and Schweppes ranges are now available in "Made in Maldives" cans of 330 and 185 milliliters.

In addition to the packaging transformations, Coca-Cola has also forged strong partnerships with local organizations that are involved in practical solutions to address plastic waste.

Voluntarily implementing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in Maldives, Coca-Cola together with its partners is giving new life to the 100 percent recyclable and versatile PET plastic packaging through large scale collection efforts.

These initiatives contribute to Coca-Cola’s vision to create a circular economy for plastic and a better shared future that makes a difference in people’s lives, communities, and the planet.

“Coca-Cola continues to foster sustainability initiatives through effective investments in PET collection and knowledge sharing to make the Maldives and the world a better place for all. We remain committed to investing in scalable models to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle our packaging,” said Pankaj Sinha, Managing Director for Coca-Cola in the Maldives.

Coca-Cola is one of the world’s leading and best-loved brands and has been in operation for 136 years. The Coca-Cola Company, through its bottling partner, MAWC, has introduced a range of beverages to the island nation, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Bon Aqua and Schweppes.

MAWC began manufacturing beverages in Maldives and has been serving Coca-Cola products in the Maldives for over 32 years. The company remains as one of the few manufacturers in the Maldives till date, with over 330 employees working across a range of sectors from manufacturing and distribution to sales and marketing.

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