Coca-Cola has confirmed that it is looking at outsourcing part of its Irish operation based in Drogheda, Co Louth.

A spokesperson for the beverage manufacturer said it was looking at "using third-party providers to provide managed services".

They said the company "is evolving as a total beverage company" and was changing the way it works to increase "speed and agility".

Two-hundred people are employed at the facility at Southgate in Drogheda.

It is unclear how many jobs will be affected.

Last September, the company announced a €26m investment in its plant in Ballina, Co Mayo.

It is understood staff were called to a meeting this morning and informed of developments.

Coca-Cola first arrived in Northern Ireland in 1934 and in the Republic in 1952.