Coca-Cola temporarily pauses production due to the shortage of CO2 gas

EUROPE - Coca-Cola, the world’s soft drinks producer, has said it has "temporarily paused" some production because of the shortage of CO2 gas, even though the shortage so far has not affected supplies. BBC reported that at least five CO2 producers in northern Europe are offline for maintenance, according to the publication Gasworld, which was…

Arca Continental to build US$250m Coca-Cola bottling facility

MEXICO – Arca Continental, a Mexican beverage manufacturing and distribution company, has made plans to invest US$250 million to build a new distribution and production facility in Houston through its subsidiary Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB). According to FoodBev, the company said that the 1 million-square-foot facility will be the first dedicated Coca-Cola production facility built…

Coca-Cola to invest US$100m in Kenya over next 5 years

KENYA - Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), Africa’s biggest non-alcoholic beverages bottler said on Wednesday May 30 that it would invest US$100m in Kenya with an aim to improve infrastructure and launch new products, reported Reuters. Speaking in an interview, the Kenya Managing Director, Daryl Wilson said the soft drinks manufacturer plans to introduce 50 new…

Coca-Cola announces US$1.2b investment in Argentina

USA - The Coca-Cola company has announced a US$1.2bn investment in Argentina over the next three years to 2021, aimed at improving operations and expand production in the country. The new investment adds to the US$1 billion it committed to invest in the country in partnership with its four bottling partners including Coca-Cola Andina, Arca…

Coca-Cola inaugurates new hot-fill juice line at the Nairobi plant

KENYA - Nairobi Bottlers, the Kenyan soft drinks bottling company under the newly formed Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has launched a new processing line at its recently opened juice plant. The line which has a production capacity of 28,000 bottles per hour will be used to process fresh juices, iced teas and sports drinks and…

Case against Coca-Cola and Ambo Water over an illegal merger remanded

ETHIOPIA - Case by the Trade Competition & Consumer Protection Authority against bottlers of Coca-Cola and Ambo Mineral Water for an allegedly illegal merger has re-emerged, the tribunal sending the case back to the lower court for further proceedings, reported AddisFortune. The case, dating 16 June 2017 implicated that the two companies, Ambo Mineral Water…

Nairobi Bottlers: Investing in new juice plant on the journey to a total beverage company

Nairobi Bottlers Ltd commissioned a new juice manufacturing plant in May 2017, as the company expands its products offering to meet new consumer requirements for healthier beverages. Food Business Africa had a discussion with Duncan Kimani, the Manufacturing Director for Coca-Cola Beverage Africa’s portfolio of companies in Kenya to discuss the importance of this new…

Coca-Cola’s Voltic Ghana scales competition with new US$6.5m water plant

GHANA - Voltic Ghana, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has built a new water bottling plant worth US$6.5 million at Akwadum with the capacity to produce 24,000 bottles of purified natural water every hour, according to GNA. The new plant exhibits a fully automated packaging line increasing its capacity in the bottled water…

Coca-Cola to release the first stevia-sweetened drink in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND - Coca-Cola will release the first Coca-Cola product exclusively sweetened with stevia in New Zealand, called Coca-Cola Stevia No Sugar, replacing Coca-Cola Life products in the country. According to the company, the introduction of the drink comes as part of a wider strategy to encourage consumers to consume less sugar. “The last 10…

Coca-Cola records US$7.6bn in revenue while sales beat estimates on healthy portfolio

USA - Coca-Cola’s revenue was US$7.6 billion while sales were higher beating analysts’ estimates as the company focused their operations on ‘healthy’ products such as Coca-Cola Zero Sugar brand that saw double-digit growth in the first quarter. Bloomberg reports results were boosted by expansion of its sparkling water line-up, numerous launches of refreshed versions of…