Plants and processes

      Plant and production overview

      For 21 years now, Coca‑Cola HBC Armenia has been creating and producing products for the Armenian market.

      In Armenia we operate a plant located in Yerevan which produces high-quality carbonated and non-carbonated drinks, as well as drinking water products in plastic (PET) and glass packaging. Throughout the years, we’ve focused on creating innovative, high-quality products for our consumers and, by upgrading equipment, maintaining excellent health and safety conditions for our employees.

      Our quality standards

      Quality and food safety remain our top priorities, to make sure we meet customer and consumer expectations while delivering against our cost leadership commitments.

      Our commitment to producing and bottling high-quality drinks is underpinned by the international standard ISO 9001 and ISO 22000, as well as by our own Quality and Food Safety policy and the global standards of The Coca‑Cola Company.

      One of the keys to the consistently high quality of Coca‑Cola products is strict production control and quality assurance. We monitor production processes closely and have sophisticated control equipment and testing programmes for key stages of the process. For example, All Surface Empty Bottle Inspection (ASEBI) equipment, installed on the refillable bottling line, can identify even the tiniest irregularity in a product.

      Factory quality and food safety remain our top priorities and help us be sure that our consumers can enjoy safe, premium quality products every day.

      The process

      The production cycle starts with sugar, flavours and concentrate or beverage base. The finished products are packaged in PET or glass bottles, or bag in box.

      Water treatment

      The water used in the production process is treated to ensure that it is safe and that it contains the correct concentration of naturally dissolved salts, in compliance with desired specific compositional and sensory characteristics.

      The syrup

      The syrup is prepared in special tanks by dissolving sugar in the treated water, then filtering the water to remove any impurities. Only after this, this “simple syrup” is mixed with “concentrate” or the various “basic preparations” used for the various drinks, thus becoming “final syrup”. A flash pasteurisation thermal process ensures that even the most sensitive products will not alter their sensory characteristics during their shelf life.

      Filling and packaging

      The treated and cooled water is mixed with the final syrup and, for sparkling drinks, with the carbon dioxide that gives the product its characteristic effervescence. The drink is then ready to be packaged: every hour, tens of thousands of perfectly clean containers are filled, hermetically sealed, labelled, coded and tested in modern automatic plants. The glass bottles are placed in boxes, while the nonreturnable glass bottles, PET bottles go into various multi-packs.

      We aim to minimise the impacts of our business on the environment. At Yerevan plant our efforts are focused on the three areas where we have the greatest impact and can therefore make the most significant contribution. These are water stewardship, energy and climate protection and packaging and recycling.

      We set performance targets for each of these three areas on every level of our operations and report our progress annually. 

      15%

      reduction in water consumption from 2011-2016

      36%

      reduction in energy consumption from 2011-2016

      12%

      reduction in Carbon footprint of our products from 2011-2016

      Visit the plant

      Ever thought how and where your favorite beverages are bottled? In our production center you will have a unique opportunity to see the creation of your favorite beverages – from a pre-form to a branded product.

      Who created the most famous soft drink in the world? Has Coca‑Cola changed over 130 years? What are Coca‑Cola HBC and Coca‑Cola Hellenic Armenia like as companies and what do they want to achieve? You'll find the answers to these questions - and many others - at the outset of your visit to our Happiness Factory.

      Are you curious about how the drinks bottled in the Happiness Factory are delivered to each and every corner of our country? Visit our warehouse, filled with a huge reserve of drinks, and see how these are sorted and prepared for distribution.

      Interested?