CCEP GB makes switch from road to rail to cut lorry journeys

The largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola globally, CCEP, said when running at full capacity, the change will see up to 18,000 loads of CCEP's products (2.5 million cans and bottles) delivered by rail per day, reducing carbon emissions by nearly 50% compared to previous road operations. The switch will save a total of almost four million road miles per year and remove a total of 15,000 lorry journeys. When running at full capacity 31% of CCEP's total product volume destined for Yorkshire will now be distributed via rail.

The bottler has made the transition in partnership with Maritime Transport, provider of integrated road and rail solutions for UK businesses, and GB Railfreight.

Francisco Javier Sanchez Gandarias, vice president customer service and supply chain at CCEP GB said: "The transition from road to rail forms an important part of our This is Forward sustainability strategy and our overall roadmap to net zero, and means we can continue to meet demand for our soft drinks in a way that is more beneficial to the environment."