Coca-Cola Beverages Africa appoints Jacques Vermeulen new group CEO

SOUTH AFRICA - Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Africa has announced the appointment of Jacques Vermeulen as the group’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2018. He succeeds Doug Jackson, CCBA’s current group chief executive, and a 35-year veteran of the Coca-Cola system. Vermeulen has served as managing director of…

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola to invest US$1.4b in Pakistan

ASIA – The world’s beverage giants are planning to invest in Pakistan with PepsiCo lining up US$1.2 billion in the next five years while Coca-Cola will further invest US$200 million in the coming two to three years, according to a statement from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office. A report by Arab News reveals that the…

Unilever, Danone, Coca-Cola call for net zero emissions in the UK by 2050

UK – Major global businesses among them Coca-Cola European Partners, Danone and Unilever have called on the UK’s Prime Minister (PM) Theresa May to aim for net zero emissions in the UK by 2050. In a written letter to the prime minister, the companies cites the economic benefits of an early transition and the risks…

Nestle ahead of Unilever in final race to acquire GSK’s nutrition business in India

INDIA – Nestle SA, the Swiss transnational and the world’s largest food company is contending Unilever in the final round of negotiations to acquire GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer nutrition business in India. According to three people aware of the development, cited by ET Retail, Nestle is believed to be the frontrunner with a more aggressive offer after…

Coca-Cola to debut Coke brand energy drinks, Monster Beverages cries foul

USA– The Coca-Cola Company plans to roll out a range of energy drinks for the first time on its iconic Coca-Cola brand name as it intensifies efforts to break away from its traditional fizzy sodas and shifts to health-focused trends, reports Reuters. The company has told Reuters that it is working on plans to two…

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…