Coca-Cola has today announced that it is proposing the transfer of production from its Athy International Concentrates plant in Co Kildare, to the high capacity facility at Ballina Beverages in Co Mayo.
This follows a review of concentrate manufacturing by the company.
In a statement to Midwest News, Coca-Cola says existing and future demand for concentrate and beverage base supply from Ireland to its global customers can be met by the Ballina plant. As a result it is proposed that Athy International Concentrates will close on a phased basis from September 2018 to December 2019.
The closure will result in the loss of 82 direct jobs, with 43 of the roles transferring to the Ballina plant. Employees from Athy would have the option to transfer. Coca-Cola will commence a period of consultation with employee representatives at the Athy plant.
The statement says that if the transfer goes ahead and the Athy plant closes, in addition to the redundancy package, the company will be providing supports including financial advice, job search and re-training for the employees affected.
Midwest News did ask for a spokesperson but were told there wasn’t anyone available this evening.