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IUF affiliate in Bolivia signs new agreement with Coca-Cola bottler limiting outsourcing

After five months of intense negotiations, the IUF-affiliated Union of Embol Santa Cruz signed a new collective bargaining agreement with the Bolivian Bottling Unidas fulfilling the expectations of workers.

"It was a difficult negotiation. From the beginning the company maintained its strict position especially in the discussion of economic clauses. But in the end 90 percent of our proposals were approved", said Irguen Loayza, the vice president of the Union Embol Santa Cruz.

Coca-Cola opens bottling plant in Qatar and plans to build new plant in Saudi Arabia

Coca-Cola has inaugurated a new bottling plant in Qatar, a project representing an investment of USD 36 million. The facility, which local press is calling the Al Mana Plant, will produce sparkling and still beverages, as well as its own PET plastic bottles. According to the Coca-Cola Company, it is the 26th Coca-Cola bottling plant to operate in the Middle East since 1942, and its first in Qatar.

Guatemala: Workers occupy the distribution center following illegal dismissals by Coca-Cola FEMSA

The Central Bottling Company S.A. (EMBOCEN), the subsidiary of Coca Cola FEMSA in Guatemala, unilaterally decided to close the Jalapa distribution center, outsource the distribution of Coca-Cola products under a presales model and dismiss all workers on October 3, 2016.

IUF affiliate in Panama signs new agreement with FEMSA

The IUF-affiliated Industrial Union of Workers in the Manufacturing and Marketing of Foods, Beverages, Soft Drinks, Beer, Liquor and Similar (SITRAFCOREBGASCELIS) in Panama reached an agreement with the Coca-Cola bottler FEMSA after more than a month of negotiations for a period of two years in September 2016.

Coca-Cola opens manufacturing plant in New Zealand

In New Zealand, Coca-Cola Amatil has opened a $30 million new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, the largest in New Zealand, for its non-fizzy drink brands. The Keri Juice plant, located in Auckland, is set to produce 84 products across a number of different brands, nine Coke-owned juices, flavoured waters, cordial and sports drinks including Keri Juice, Powerade, Pump and E2.

Coca-Cola FEMSA Reaches an Agreement to Acquire Vonpar in Brazil

Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest public bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world by sales volume, announces that its Brazilian subsidiary, Spal Industria Brasileira de Bebidas S.A.(Spal), has reached an agreement with the shareholders of Vonpar to acquire 100% of Vonpar, one of the largest privately owned bottlers in the Brazilian Coca-Cola system, for an aggregate enterprise value of R$3,578 million and an approximate equity value of R$3,508 million (which is subject to confirmation on debt, cash and other customary adjustments between signing and closing). During the last twelve months ended June 30, 2016, Vonpar sold 190 million unit cases of beverages, including 23 million unit cases of beer, generating R$2,026 million in net revenues and an EBITDA of R$335 million.

Coca-Cola investing EUR 26 Mln. in Irish production of freestyle dispenser

Coca-Cola will be investing EUR 26 million in in its Ballina Beverages facility in Ireland in order to produce Coca-Cola Freestyle machines.

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