invested EUR 5 million in the opening of the carbonated water bottling plant Rosa Homolje in Neresnica near Kucevo and employed 50 workers, said General Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Serbia and Montenegro Svetoslav Atanasov.
At the ceremony on the occasion of the opening of the bottling plant, he pointed out that it was the fourth big acquisition of Coca-Cola in Serbia.
– This is the third bottling plant in east Serbia – Atanasov said and added that Coca-Cola employed 1,700 people in Serbia and that 14,000 workers were tied to its operations.
He said that the investments of Coca-Cola in Serbia amounted to EUR 900,000 in 2021 and that the company’s operations in Serbia contributed 0.6% to the growth of the GDP.
Five months ago, Coca-Cola acquired the carbonated water bottling plant in Neresnica from the Belgrade company Andjelkovic-Al.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who attended the ceremony in Neresnica, said that wherever the Coca-Cola Company came, it brought quality, new markets and export growth and that nearly 60 people would be employed at the bottling plant.
He added that he believed that Coca-Cola would increase the number of the employees in Serbia to 2,000 and that no additional investments for the local community should be required from it, because they employed workers, paid salaries and paid taxes.
US Ambassador to Serbia Christopher Hill pointed out that not only people in Serbia would enjoy the product from Neresnica, but also people worldwide, as the product would be exported.