Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd is one of India’s largest FMCG manufacturing and distribution companies. It is responsible for the manufacture, package, sale and distribution of beverages under the trademarks of the Coca-Cola Company. Rai University Ahmedabad had organized a visit to one of the biggest cold drink brands in India, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. on 30th November, 2018. The visit was planned for the students of School of Science and Life sciences accompanied by the Faculties: Prof. Jay Patel, Ravi Prajapati, Prof. Bindu Goswami and Dr. Swapnaja Mahajan. The students of B.Sc. and M.Sc. Chemistry/ Microbiology/Biotechnology and B.Tech Biotechnology and Food Processing Technology were the prime beneficiaries of the visit.
The Coca-Cola Company is an American historical multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer, retailer, and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Godrej Group has recently surfaced as a key home care player in the rapidly expanding Indian market, seeing its global position move from 69 in 2009 to 26 by 2014 with sales reaching US$444 million.
The objective of the visit was to familiarize the students with one of the most important aspects as a life science professional i.e. the working of bioreactors and large scale production.
The tour initiated with an orientation given by the plant personnel about the rules to be followed within the plant. The students were guided steadily through the production department where they were briefed about the different aspects to be considered like quality assurance and mass production techniques. The students were also given a short insight into the different products of the Coca Cola Company.
The students were also shown the working of a bioreactor and its helpfulness in beverage industries. They also provided information about types of bioreactors on the basis of mode of operation. They very well explained how the bioreactors are classified as batch, fed batch or continuous (e.g. a continuous stirred-tank reactor model)
The visit helped students to understand the bioreactor process and working system of Industry and gain an active insight into practical aspects of Sciences and Life sciences.