Coca-Cola HBC has appointed Davide Franzetti as the new general manager of its island of Ireland operations.
Franzetti has worked for Coca-Cola HBC Italy since 2018 holding various roles including modern trade director and most recently sales director.
He replaces Miles Karemacher who is to take up the role of general manager at Coca-Cola HBC Italy.
Franzetti will lead the beverage business, which is the bottling partner to The Coca-Cola Company for the island of Ireland and distributes a 24/7 beverage portfolio including locally owned ranges, Deep RiverRock and Fruice. Coca-Cola HBC also distributes premium spirit brands for The Campari Group and Edrington, and coffee brands Costa and Caffé Vergnano.
His tenure as general manager begins at an exciting time for the organisation following the announcement of a new canning line at Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland's production facility in Lisburn, in a £17 million/€20 million investment announced earlier this year. Franzetti's role will also encompass leading the transition to net zero by 2040 and working with customers and other industry partners as the sector prepares for the roll-out of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), which due to go live in the Republic of Ireland in February 2024.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola HBC, Franzetti was the general manager for the Italian division of global brewer AB Inbev. The appointment took effect from Thursday 1 June.
Statement By Franzetti
Speaking on his first day in post, Franzetti said, "Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland has a long and rich history going back over 80 years and has a well-established reputation for strong portfolio development, a deep commitment to sustainability and sustained investment in its people and the communities it serves. My goal is to further strengthen our position as the leading 24/7 beverage partner to our customers, to listen to their needs and to bring greater value to our relationships.
"I am honoured to be joining an incredible team of people, and look forward to playing my part in the development of local talent which contributes so strongly to The Coca-Cola System; to delivering the £17 million/€20 million investment into our Knockmore Hill production facility; and to supporting the delivery of a well-functioning and efficient Deposit Return Scheme, the biggest change to waste collection in Ireland in a generation."
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