As part of a $165 million investment into new production lines and warehousing, Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has opened its new dairy line at its Richlands plant in outer Brisbane.
The company’s investment is claimed to be the single largest expansion in Queensland bottling facilities and complements the introduction of a new range of Barista Bros Café Creations.
The new variety includes three “treat-sized” flavours: Toffee Almond Pana Cotta, Butterscotch Brownie and Dark Chocolate Fudge, all available in 100 per cent recyclable 300ml bottles for on-the-go consumers.
CCA Category Manager Dairy Spero Carkagis says the Café Creations range was developed in Australia and caters to growing consumer demand for unique flavours in dairy.
“Australians have always been dairy lovers, but consumers are telling us they’re looking for ‘a little indulgence’, particularly for the snacking occasion,” he said.
“Café Creations delivers the benefits of dairy with the latest tastes. Local production also means we can design our range just for Australians.”
In Australia, flavoured milk is trending in the beverage culture, with consumption steadily increasing year on year since 1990 to 246 million litres in 2016 (Dairy Australia, Drinking Milk Sales 1989-2017).
“Dairy is also second to water as the fastest growing beverage category in Australia, especially among female consumers, whose consumption grew 48 per cent between 2012 and 2016 [CBL 2016 Colmar Brunton],” Mr Carkagis said.
“This new generation of dairy products perfectly reflects our commitment to combine cutting-edge global manufacturing technology and R&D with local innovation.”
All three Café Creations flavours will be available in groceries and selected major outlets.