A group of our Year 9 students has visited the Coca Cola plant at Milton Keynes to see automated process at first hand. The students, accompanied by teacher Mrs Wykes, will be studying food technology from September and so this tour gave them an insight into modern manufacturing techniques. The plant runs on a 24/7 basis and there is just a one-week shut down for Christmas. As well as Coca Cola it produces a range of other beverages including Appletise and Capri Sun.
Mrs Wykes said: ‘They gave us an introduction about the history of Coca Cola, and how many plants they have got all over the world. It was a massive plant and we got to see it by standing on a viewing platform but they only employ about three or four people to operate because it was all automated.
‘Our guide talked us through the whole process, from where the cans came in to how they got cleaned, filled and had the lids put on. Coca Cola have got six franchise plants in the UK and only 4,000 employees. Their head office is in Atlanta, Georgia, where coke was invented and the franchises buy the syrup from the original plant. It is a secret recipe that only two people in the world know. Their main customer is Tescos and MacDonalds. Our guide gave us a good overview in terms of what they are doing regarding sustainability and environmental issues, such as trying to cut down on their water and electricity usage. I would definitely go again, it was really well organised and very good, they sent us lots of information beforehand and the students learned a great deal.'