Mumbai, Jan 23 (Agencies): The Indian arm of global beverage maker Coca Cola plans to hire around 600 workforce this year, which accounts for around nine per cent of the existing employees, a top company executive has said.

"We are looking at recruiting around 600 employees in our India operations this calender year," said Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Vice President (HR) P V Ramana Murthy.

The recruitment would be made across all levels, including management trainees, he said.

The company's current head-count stands at 6,500, which will be increased to around 7,100 this year, Murthy said.

Hindustan Coca Cola has plans to gradually reduce the hiring of lateral talent in its bid to groom trainees into mid management cadre, he said.

"We are planning to slowly, in about five years, reduce hiring of experienced people and increase the recruitment of management trainees. These trainees will be groomed to take over these mid to high level posts in future," Murthy said.

He said for retaining these groomed executives, the company is planning to incentivise them or offer them compensation, which will be more in the form of emotional and cultural aspect.

"We will concentrate on creating a work environment, which will be more comfortable and have facilities to suit these young executives. If the need arises we will also look into offering them customised incentives," Murthy added.