Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., announced today it will open a manufacturing facility near Atlanta for its new cold beverage dispensing machines, creating approximately 550 new jobs and investing $337 million over the next five years.
The new 585,000-square-foot plant in Douglas County west of Atlanta will make pods for the company's new Keurig Cold platform, an in-home cold beverage system that will give consumers a convenient way to quickly produce their favorite cold beverage in the same manner the company delivers with its Keurig Hot Brewing System. Keurig says its platforms can deliver more than 50 high-quality brands and 290 beverages at the touch of a button.
In February, Keurig and Coca-Cola announced the companies had entered into a long-term, global strategic partnership to collaborate on the development and introduction of Coca-Cola's global brand portfolio for use in the Keurig Cold beverage system, and will cooperate to bring the system to consumers around the world. The system is currently under development with expected availability in fiscal year 2015.
"Keurig Cold is an exciting new multi-brand platform for our company, and ensuring beverage pod production capacity and efficiency are key to its success," said Keurig's President and CEO Brian Kelley.
Gerogia Gov. Nathan Deal said the new facility "is a great addition to Georgia's already diverse manufacturing industry and will provide many good jobs for our citizens.
"The fact that the company has chosen to manufacture its new product line in Georgia is a testament to our skilled workforce and logistics infrastructure," he said.