Bolivia: Working towards building a national Coca Cola workers union

Roberto Vicente Baigorra Chávez, Secretary General of the Bolivian Embol Bottling Factory Workers Union in Santa Cruz, participated in the extraordinary meeting of FELATRAC (Latin American Federation of Coca Cola workers) organized in Buenos Aires. The constitution of an umbrella organization of unions organized in the Bolivian subsidiary of the transnational was the focus of this short interview.

Nicaragua: IUF affiliate signed a new contract with FEMSA reducing outsourcing

After two weeks of intense negotiations, the Union of Workers of the National Soft Drink Industry S.A. (SUT-INARSA) and Coca Cola FEMSA signed the new collective bargaining agreement which contains 74 clauses and will be valid for two years.

The Convention was signed on May 13 and established an average of 15 percent increase in economic terms, in some cases reaching 18 percent, for example for social benefits (food packages, productivity bonus, perfect attendance, uniforms, transportation, etc.).

Coca-Cola European Partners Now World's Largest Independent Coca-Cola Bottler

Coca-Cola European Partners announced on May 28, 2016 that the combination of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke is now complete.

Coca-Cola Makes Management Changes; Asia, Africa Chiefs Eased Out

Coca-Cola Co. shook up its management on May 24, 2016 replacing the heads of its Asia and Africa businesses, in the first major move by President and Chief Operating Officer James Quincey to put his stamp on the beverage giant.

Mr. Quincey, who now looks more likely than ever to succeed Coke Chief Executive Muhtar Kent, also is realigning the international structure.

The company is creating a consolidated Europe, Middle East and Africa group in the latest attempt to boost profit and revenue amid sluggish soda sales.

Arca Continental to Join U.S Coca-Cola System Through New Agreements

- The Coca-Cola Company to hold 20% stake in planned Arca Continental Beverages Business,with operations to encompass new territories in the United States, plus existing territories in Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru

- Joint Venture between new Arca Continental beverages business in the United States and Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED to operate territories in Texas and parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas

– The Coca-Cola Company announced on 25 May 2016 that it has signed letters of intent to refranchise bottling operations that serve a large area of the United States.

Soda Industry Fails to Stop San Francisco Law Targeting Sugar

Court denies request to stop city from requiring health warnings on advertisements

San Francisco is set to become the first U.S. city to require health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugar-added drinks after the beverage industry failed Tuesday to get a court order to stop it.

South Africa: Minister Welcomes Coca-Cola Merger Deal

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has welcomed commitments between the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) merger parties - SABMiller Plc, The Coca-Cola Company and Gutsche Family Investments, as well as the South African government.

The commitments will be recommended to the Competition Tribunal in connection with the proposed creation of Africa's largest soft drink beverage bottling operation.

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