Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. announced today that it will open a manufacturing facility in Douglas County, GA to support the production of pods for the company’s pending “Keurig Cold” platform. Keurig has closed on the purchase of a 585,000 square foot building for renovation in Douglasville, and anticipates creating 550 new jobs and investing $337 million into the facility over the next five years.
The new Douglas County manufacturing center will support the production of pods for the company’s new Keurig Cold platform, an in-home cold beverage system that will give consumers a convenient way to produce their favorite cold beverage brands in the same way they today can brew their preferred hot beverage.
In February, Keurig and The Coca-Cola Company announced the companies had entered into a long-term, global strategic partnership to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Company’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 Brian Kelley, Keurig’s President and CEO. “The Douglas County region offers a diverse and skilled employee base as well as many geographic and economic benefits, making it a great location for our new facility. We are grateful for the support we have received from local and state representatives to help bring us to the region, and we look forward to becoming an active part of the community.”
The Douglas County site will complement the company’s new Early Production Center in Williston, VT, which will serve as a hub for Keurig Cold start-up and early production work.