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Haina, DR.- President Leonel Fernandez headed the inaugural of a modern bottling plant for Gatorade, created to supply the beverage to Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

The plant is the result of an alliance of the leading global company PepsiCo, and the local giant, Distribuidora Corripio, to develop Dominican Republic’s beverage industry.

PepsiCo said the local Gatorade production is guaranteed by its quality standards and management processes, securing the integrity in production, and its support team features an installed capacity of around 500,000 bottles per day.

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15 comment(s)
Written by: Yucahu, 2 Mar 2011 3:48 PM
From: United States, Miami
HEY Haitianos hurry up more jobs for you!!!!
Written by: telemeco, 2 Mar 2011 4:12 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Monte Plata
yeah right, before you know it,,,,Gatorade have cholera because of all the haitian working in the plan
Written by: jcl_67, 2 Mar 2011 4:38 PM
From: Dominican Republic
it would be good to see if the price of gatorade goes down now since it will reduce transportation cost and customs tax but it won't !!
Written by: martin, 2 Mar 2011 5:49 PM
From: United States, boston to S.P.M 23
Good news but let hope price go down sometin almost impossible but who knw
Written by: Ricardolito, 2 Mar 2011 6:12 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
maybe not cholera but maybe diabetes because these drinks are loaded with sugar
Written by: glomarexplorer, 2 Mar 2011 6:21 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

Very good news!! Just the kind we need more of.

Perhaps this initiative would encourage others to follow, with more private sector job opportunities.

We need to move away from total dependence on tourism industry, with something more enduring and substantial and helpful to national economy. Any displacement of further growth in resorts and similar would help preserve natural resources and beauty for Dominicans, and would help assure that a sustainable level of tourists would be maintained.

Win/Win situation as I see it.

Written by: lovingit, 2 Mar 2011 10:24 PM
From: United States, Delaware
Well I hope the pollution in Haina doesn't slip into these beverages.
Written by: JDJones, 3 Mar 2011 1:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Always good to hear great news.

It would have been nice to hear how many jobs it's going to produce, but I'm guessing it won't be that many.

Written by: WalterPolo, 3 Mar 2011 3:04 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
It'll be probably turn out the same as DR vs US-made pops.

Pops made in the DR have a big difference is flavour.

I like to buy the few pops I drink in cans. Those are US-made.
Written by: Dwayne, 3 Mar 2011 3:17 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Fantino
While I agree for the most part, most DR drinks seem to have a odd flavor. I actually prefer X Cola over the US brands.
Written by: RoyStone, 3 Mar 2011 11:14 PM
From: Australia

I am sorry but the Gatorade plant will not reduce DR´s dependence on tourism for foreign exchange since it will cater mainly for the domestic market. I can´t see foreigners buying pop from Haina, listed as one of the 10 most dangerously polluted places in the world, from the island of Hispanola, famous for Cholera, HIV/AIDS, violence and earthquakes.

Modern bottling plants are highly mechanized so will not provide much employment either.

Although it is promoted as a healthy energy drink it is mostly sugar and salt - two things Dominicans already get to much of - as evidenced by having one of the highest rates of diabetes and obesity in the world.

As for a price drop from savings in freight and shipping, don´t hold your breath. Price is based on what the market will pay - that is why they spend so much on advertising.
Written by: RoyStone, 3 Mar 2011 11:15 PM
From: Australia

Up to half a million PET bottles per day? DR rivers, streams and southern beaches are already brimming with PET bottles! Yeah, great news for DR´s already declining tourist industry!
Written by: RoyStone, 3 Mar 2011 11:27 PM
From: Australia
One 20 oz. Gatorade contains 35 grams of sugar. That’s more sugar than a Snickers bar. Gatorade is advertised as a sports drink that is used for hydration, but any Doctor or nutritionist will quickly tell you that sugar causes dehydration and thirst.
Written by: glomarexplorer, 4 Mar 2011 9:29 AM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes


You are full of joy today!

You missed essence of my commentary above: "Perhaps this initiative would encourage others to follow, with more private sector job opportunities."

Good day, mate!!!

Written by: RoyStone, 4 Mar 2011 11:53 AM
From: Australia

Opps .. sorry I did miss your point. Yes I too hope that other industries will come to DR.

However industries do not generally ¨follow¨ examples - they go where there is money to be made. I doubt if DR can have an export-lead economic recovery by manufacturing consumer products like Gatorade. Coca-Cola is already made here and I doubt if any is exported.

Worldwide demand for unhealthy products like sugar and tobacco is diminishing. However sugar for ethanol is desperately needed, even if only to offset our dependence on imported oil.

I believe tourism still has the most potential, however it will not be revived without some drastic action, to counter the negatives (violence, pollution, and fear of Cholera, HIV/AIDS and earthquakes). Sunshine, coconut palms and beaches are not enough any more. DR´s most underrated tourist attraction is the abundance of beautiful women (before they become prematurely pregnant and obese).
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