Coca-Cola commissions US$10m bottled water production line in Uganda

UGANDA – Leading soft beverage manufacturer, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), has commissioned a US$10 million Rwenzori Pure Natural Water production line in Namanve Industrial park, Central Region of Uganda. Speaking during the event, Van Niekerk CCBA’s managing director, said that the US$10million investment is a strong demonstration of the company’s commitment in contributing to the…

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Danone among founding members of China Food Tech Hub

CHINA – China-based startup accelerator and venture capital firm Bits x Bites has launched the China Food Tech Hub, with Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, General Mills and Danone being among the ten founding members. Other members include Givaudan, Griffith Foods, Louis Dreyfus Company, Novozymes, Nutreco and Puratos. The hub will enhance collaboration with multinational consortium with an…

Coca-Cola East & Central Africa appoints new regional head

AFRICA - Coca-Cola East & Central Africa has appointed Phillipine Mtikitiki as new General Manager in charge of regional operations, effective June 1 Ms Mtikitiki will take over from Ahmed Rady who has been appointed General Manager of the firm in Egypt. Mtikitiki will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will be responsible for developing and managing…

Fonterra and Coca-Cola in strategic alliance to grow in Southeast Asia

ASIA – The world’s soft drinks giant, Coca-Cola and New Zealand’s dairy co-operative, Fonterra have entered into a strategic alliance to capitalize on the growing dairy and beverages market in Southeast Asia. The companies are launching ready-to-drink beverages in the market starting with Vietnam, according to a NZ Herald report. The partnership is looking to…

Coca-Cola launches first range of Signature Mixers for dark spirits

UK – Coca-Cola has unveiled its first ever range of Signature Mixers specifically meant to be enjoyed with dark spirits such as whisky, bourbon and rum. The company has developed four new crafted Coca-Cola Signature Mixers, specifically designed to be paired with premium dark spirits. The new range has been developed in partnership with several…

Equator Bottlers Limited appoints Josephat Kilungu as manufacturing manager

KENYA – Equator Bottlers Limited, a subsidiary of Coca Cola Beverage Africa, has appointed Josephat Kilungu as the manufacturing manager. Mr Kilungu holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in strategic Management from Kenyatta University as well as a Bachelors degree in Food Science and post-harvest Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.…

Coca-Cola revenues grow 5% in Q1 as it counts on innovation to drive growth

USA – The Coca-Cola Company has reported solid operating results in the first quarter, registering 5% growth in revenues supported by strong innovation within leader brands which included double-digit growth for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. Net revenues for the quarter grew by 5% to reach US$8.02 billion, while operating income stood at US$2.34 billion, 29% higher…

Fairlife to build US$200m dairy production facility in the US

USA - Coca-Cola’s brand of ultra-filtered milk, Fairlife has unveiled plans to build a new production facility worth US$200 million in Arizona, US with a goal to expand its production facilities. The new 300,000 square foot production and distribution facility will enable the company expand production of different dairy-based beverages at its production plant in…

Coca-Cola to launch Powerade sports drink in India to tackle competition

INDIA – Coca-Cola has announced that it is set to launch its global sports drink Powerade in India within the next two months to take advantage of the growing sports drink market. The drink, set to launch ahead of ICC World Cup looks to compete PepsiCo’s Gatorade, according to an Economic Times report which has…

Mexico’s Arca Continental to invest US$681m in 2019 to boost production

USA - Arca Continental, Mexican bottler of Coca-Cola beverages has announced that it will be investing US$681 million (Ps. 13 billion) in 2019 to enhance production capacities. The investment is also expected to boost distribution across its territories including food, beverage and snack operations in the countries it serves. The company which is the second-largest…