In 1816 John Swire & Sons began operations in Liverpool, England as a trading company. In 1866 the company initiated a trade with China and established its first Far East office in Shanghai. From this foothold in the orient, the family eventually established headquarters in Hong Kong, where our parent company Swire Pacific Ltd. has remained to this day. Over the years Swire Pacific Ltd. has diversified its business holdings and continued to grow each industry sector at impressive rates. Swire is currently one of Hong Kong's leading publicly quoted companies with worldwide interests in aviation, property devlopment, marine services, beverage production & distribution, engineering, cold storage, agriculture, and a variety of trading companies.
In 1965 Swire purchased the Coca-Cola bottling franchise in Hong Kong. It has since become the exclusive Coca-Cola bottler in Taiwan and in seven provinces in Mainland China. In 1978, desiring to expand its soft drink business beyond Asia, Swire purchased the franchise rights for the Coca-Cola bottler in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over the ensuing years Swire continued to purchase other surrounding franchised bottlers and distributors. Today Swire’s US-based bottler is named Swire Coca-Cola, USA and operates production and distribution centers in eleven western states. The company employs over 1,800 people and is the third largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States.
Together with all other Swire operating companies, Swire Coca-Cola, USA continues to hold fast to the traditions of integrity, commitment, hard work, and family unity that were first instilled by John Swire & Sons so many years ago. As a dedicated partner with the Coca-Cola Company, Swire Coca-Cola, USA will continue to achieve growth and success for years to come.