Working with SBB Cargo, Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland has made the switch and is transporting the cans and Nestea PET bottles it needs for its products by rail. This will take up to 40 trucks off the roads each week, reducing CO2 emissions by 1,200 tons per year.

In Switzerland, Coca‑Cola HBC has set a new strategic direction in logistics – and provided further proof of its commitment to sustainability – by making the switch from road to rail.

Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland produces over 80 percent of its drinks locally. Cans and Nestea PET bottles need to be transported to Switzerland from the Italian production plant of Nogara, near Verona.

From February 2016, this has been by rail, rather than by road. A freight train takes the products along the Gotthard route directly to Rümlang in the Camion Transport AG distribution centre.

The initiative will reduce CO2 emissions by around 1,200 tons per year, paving the way for more goods to be transported by rail in the future.  

Forklift driver preparing freight by rail: Coca-Cola HBC Switzerland
Preparing to transport cans by rail
  • 40 trucks taken off the road
  • 1,200 ton reduction in carbon emissions a year

Building a successful partnership

Following a successful test phase in October 2015, Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland is working with SBB Cargo to transport the cans and PET bottles it needs. SBB Cargo will eventually transport more than 1,000 pallets per week on a 550-metre train consisting of up to 31 railcars.

Our partnership with SBB Cargo is not only better for the environment, it is a competitive offer that delivers a high-quality and reliable service.

This is a partnership that strengthens the rail freight sector by proving that transport by rail is competitive and an attractive option for businesses.