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Keurig warms to Georgia for new cold plant

Suburban Atlanta will be home to Keurig Green Mountain’s new manufacturing facility used to produce new cold products resulting from its new partnership with Coca-Cola.

Keurig said it plans to invest $337 million over the next five in a 585,000-sq.-ft. building it purchased in Douglas County, Ga., to support the production of pods for the company’s new Keurig Cold platform. The manufacturing announcement comes four months after Keurig and Coca-Cola announced a long-term, global strategic partnership to collaborate on the development and introduction of Coke’s global brand portfolio for use in the Keurig Cold beverage system scheduled to launch in 2015.

“Keurig Cold is an exciting new multi-brand platform for our company, and ensuring beverage pod production capacity and efficiency are key to its success,” said Brian Kelley, Keurig’s president and CEO.
 
In addition to the new Douglas County location, Keurig maintains eight production and distribution facilities in Castroville, Calif., Knoxville, Tenn., Windsor, Va., Essex, Waterbury, and Williston, Vt., and Sumner, Washington; and Montréal, Québec. The company also conducts research and development activities in facilities in Burlington, Reading, and Wakefield, Mass., and Waterbury, Vt.

The Douglas County site will complement Keurig’s early production center in Williston which will serve as a hub for Keurig Cold start-up and early production work.