Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Coca-Cola selling Cambodia, Vietnam assets to Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific

Coca-Cola selling Cambodia, Vietnam assets to Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prime Minister Hun Sen holds a can of Coca-Cola at the 2016 launch of the Coca-Cola factory in western Phnom Penh. SUPPLIED

Coca-Cola selling Cambodia, Vietnam assets to Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific

Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, is expanding its business in Southeast Asia by acquiring Coca-Cola’s bottling business in Cambodia and Vietnam.

The acquisition is Swire Coca-Cola’s first investments in the region which will give the company a leading position in one of the world’s fastest growing beverage markets.

Following the completion of the acquisition, Swire Coca-Cola will own and operate Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Ltd, which has three bottling facilities in Vietnam, and Cambodia Beverage Company Ltd (CBC), which has one bottling facility in Cambodia.

Swire Coca-Cola’s franchise population will expand by 15 per cent to 876 million people.

In a statement on July 18, Swire Coca-Cola chairman Patrick Healy said the acquisition marks a major milestone for the company as it will significantly expand the group’s operating footprint and customer base.

“We have been investing in building a world-class bottling system over the past 57 years. This [acquisition] is part of a broader strategy to expand the scale, volume and revenue of our bottling business,” said Healy.

Swire Coca-Cola managing director Karen So noted that being a long-term strategic partner with Coca-Cola, they are delighted to grow the relationship.

The company is also thrilled by the growth potential rendered by the non-alcoholic beverage markets in Cambodia and Vietnam, valued at more than $6 billion and is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over six per cent until 2036, she said.

“With our successful refranchising experience in the US and mainland China between 2014 and 2017, I am confident that our continuous commitment to excellence will help capture the opportunities that these dynamic markets will bring. We look forward to the next exciting chapter in our history as we make our first foray into Southeast Asia,” said So.

Meanwhile, Vicky Tse, corporate communications manager of Swire Coca-Cola and David Wigglesworth, CEO of Coca-Cola Cambodia did not respond to questions.

In 2016, Coca-Cola opened its $100 million plant in Phnom Penh to meet an increasing demand for the Coke beverage in the Kingdom and ASEAN.

The plant is located on a 12.5ha plot in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone southwest of the airport and is able to produce Coke in 54,000 plastic recycle bottles and 60,000 cans in an hour.


  • Wing Bank opens new branch in front of Orkide The Royal along Street 2004

    Wing Bank celebrates first anniversary as commercial bank with launch of brand-new branch. One year since officially launching with a commercial banking licence, Wing Bank on March 14 launched a new branch in front of Orkide The Royal along Street 2004. The launch was presided over by

  • Girl from Stung Meanchey dump now college grad living in Australia

    After finishing her foundational studies at Trinity College and earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne in 2022, Ron Sophy, a girl who once lived at the Stung Meanchey garbage dump and scavenged for things to sell, is now working at a private

  • Ministry using ChatGPT AI to ‘ease workload’; Khmer version planned

    The Digital Government Committee is planning to make a Khmer language version of popular artificial intelligence (AI) technology ChatGPT available to the public in the near future, following extensive testing. On March 9, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications revealed that it has been using the

  • Wat Phnom hornbills attract tourists, locals

    Thanks to the arrival of a friendly flock of great hornbills, Hour Rithy, a former aviculturist – or raiser of birds – in Kratie province turned Phnom Penh tuk tuk driver, has seen a partial return to his former profession. He has become something of a guide

  • Ministry orders all schools, public and private, to close for SEA Games

    From April 20 to May 18, all public and private educational institutions will be closed to maintain order and support Cambodia's hosting of the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games, said a directive from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Cambodia will host the

  • Almost 9K tourists see equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat

    Nearly 9,000 visitors – including 2,226 international tourists – gathered at Angkor Wat on March 21 to view the spring equinox sunrise, according to a senior official of the Siem Reap provinical tourism department. Ngov Seng Kak, director of the department, said a total of 8,726 people visited Angkor Wat to