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Two factories of HCCB at Bidadi to use solar power and CNG, for their energy requirements

CEO, Christina Ruggiero visits the Bidadi factory and inaugurates the projects

Bidadi, Ramnagara, September 20, 2017: Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) Pvt Ltd – one of India’s leading manufacturer of juices, dairy products and carbonated beverages - today announced that both its factories at the Bidadi Industrial Area will start using solar power and CNG, as sources of energy. As of now, these factories were only using electricity off the grid, generated through non-renewable sources.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages has signed an agreement with Atria Solar Power Pvt Ltd., to procure 3 crore units of solar power per year, for its two factories in Bidadi, Karnataka. The Company today also formally inaugurated its CNG based boiler system at its factory. The boiler is powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – the cleanest of fossil fuels. GAIL – a Navratna and Govt of India Enterprise – will supply CNG to power the two boilers at the factory. As a result of these projects, 65% of the energy requirements of these two factories will be met by renewable sources of energy.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages is also steadily replacing all the bulbs at its factories with LED bulbs, all across the country. This will be a significant source of power saving for the country. Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages operates 21 factories in India.

Chief General Manager of GAIL, Mr. Murugesan; Director of Atria Solar Power Pvt Ltd, Mr. Sunder Raju and CEO of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, Mrs. Christina Ruggiero, were present at the factory today to inaugurate the projects and preside over the event. On this occasion Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages also conducted a tour of the bottling Plant for visitors and showcased the CNG pipeline and project installed by GAIL.

Speaking on the occasion, Christina Ruggiero, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, said, “Ensuring the wellbeing of the Planet is a shared goal. As one of India’s top manufacturing company, preserving and protecting the environment is a responsibility that we take seriously. We are inspired by India’s ingenuity and the Govt’s vision of achieving 40% cumulative electric power capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030. I want to thank our partners GAIL and Atria Solar Power Pvt Ltd for providing leadership and helping us navigate the way."?

Mr. Sunder Raju, Director, Atria Solar Power Pvt Ltd, said, “We are indeed proud to partner with Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages in their journey to attain green goals. We are a strong and accomplished renewable energy player in India, and this strategic alliance will further propel our growth story. We would like to believe that this is the start of many other mutually beneficial partnerships with manufacturing giant like Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages."?

HCCB has taken several other initiatives like the adoption of briquettes - made out of agricultural waste like groundnuts and coconut shells - to power boilers. Installation of solar rooftops, adoption of energy efficient technology and greater investments in high speed manufacturing lines, are other examples.

About Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd, is one of India’s largest FMCG manufacturing and distribution companies. It is responsible for the manufacture, package, sale and distribution of beverages under the trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company. The Company owns and operates 21 factories. It also sources from and supports 11 contract packers’ plants. A network of 4,000 distributors and over 1.9 million retail outlets distribute the high quality, great tasting beverages manufactured by Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages.

The Company has always placed high value on good citizenship and to that end, is supporting communities by enhancing skills of rural youth through Career Development Centre, improving the lives of communities around its bottling plant by very focused intervention in the areas of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and promoting sustainable agriculture through Integrated Watershed Management Projects under Public-Private-Community partnerships.

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