This Sunday, 25 September, marks 50 years since the first Coca-Cola product made in Northmead, NSW rolled off Can Line 1. It was a humble can of Tab, the predecessor of Diet Coke and Coca-Cola No Sugar – both popular favourites today.
Plenty has changed since 1972. Technology has allowed us to make more beverages, more quickly, and sustainability is embedded across all aspects of our operations, from our approach to water stewardship through to our use of recycled content in our packaging.
Plenty has also remained the same, explains Orlando Rodriguez, Vice President of Supply Chain – Australia at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners:
“Our commitment to great people, great service and great beverages has been unwavering. At Northmead, in the heart of Sydney's west, we now make 250 different products from 20 different brands and boast a headcount that exceeds 380 dedicated employees with a remarkable average tenure of 17 years.”
Half a century of operations is no mean feat. To celebrate the milestone, our team came together for a special gathering.
Cutting the cake were Van Ke Nguyen (our longest serving employee at Northmead, having been with us for 41 years) and Priscila Pacheco Maciel (our newest team member on-site), alongside Orlando Rodriguez and guest Jose Antonio Echeverría (Chief Customer Service and Supply Chain Officer at CCEP).
We asked some of our Northmead employees to reflect on what makes Coca-Cola Europacific Partners such a great place to work.