Managers from the two plants on Monday (August 22) placed signages at the gate of the plant, saying that they have suspended operations due to a lack of sugar supply.
“This Coca-Cola plant has suspended operations due to the lack of supply of bottler’s grade sugar, as a result of the ongoing sugar crisis,” the signage reads.
The company said earlier that it had a shortage of at least 450,000 metric tons (MT) of premium refined bottler-grade sugar and without it, it would not be able to meet the demand for production until the end of the year.
“Nakadepende ang production runs namin sa supply ng bottler’s grade na asukal (Our production runs depend on the supply of bottler’s grade sugar.),” Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc.’s (CCBPI) Director for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Atty. Juan Lorenzo Tañada, said.
He said that around 70 employees were affected by the suspension of the operations, but they are working diligently to normalize the operations on the said plants amid the shortage of sugar supply.
“We are working very hard with the relevant authorities para ma-normalize ang aming (to normalize our) operations at the soonest possible time para po patuloy kaming makapaghatid ng aming produkto sa mga tindahan (so that we could continue to provide our products in the market),” Tañada said.
While President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. announced that his government is importing 150,000 MT, he said that it will do so in October, too late for these beverage manufacturers.
“We have shared with the President that the industry needs at least 450K MT of premium refined bottler grade sugar to utilize 100% of its manufacturing capacity for the balance of the year and serve the orders of customers who are depending on our products for their sales and income,” CCBPI said in a statement.
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