Swire Coca-Cola Limited will start its first foray in Southeast Asia with a bottling business in Cambodia after completing its acquisition of the Coca-Cola subsidiary.
The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Limited, announced on Friday it will assume ownership of Cambodia Beverage Company Ltd. and commence its franchise operations in Cambodia from November 26.
The move forms the first stage of Swire Coca-Cola expanding its operating footprint into a new region, according to a press release. It added that the completion of the deal reflects the vision to expand Swire Coca-Cola’s footprint across a vibrant and dynamic region with immense growth potential, as the company welcomes around 900 employees on board to its thriving team.
"The completion of the Cambodia agreement marks a major milestone for Swire Coca-Cola," said Patrick Healy, Chairman of Swire Coca-Cola. "As our first foray into Southeast Asia, we are thrilled to work alongside our new colleagues and excited by the significant opportunities of the Cambodia beverage market. We feel very positive about the future growth potential of Swire Coca-Cola in Southeast Asia."
“Leveraging proven strengths in commercial capabilities, marketing, supply chain, customer service and digitalisation in existing operating regions combined with the strength and local expertise of new colleagues, they will be able to continue serving the needs of customers and consumers in Cambodia effectively and contribute positively to the local community,” added Karen So, Managing Director of Swire Coca-Cola.
“Swire Coca-Cola is a strategic bottling partner for the Coca-Cola system with current operations in Greater China and parts of the western United States,” said Claudia Lorenzo, President, ASEAN and South Pacific of The Coca-Cola Company.
“We are confident that Swire Coca-Cola brings the passion for our business and the capabilities to accelerate even further the tremendous growth of the Cambodia market.”
Swire Coca-Cola’s acquisition of Coca-Cola bottling businesses in Vietnam, subject to regulatory approval, is progressing and further updates will be provided in due course.