Brazil: Union of Food Industry Workers put pressure on FEMSA to respect the state convention

The Coca-Cola bottler FEMSA in Marilia, State of São Paulo, has been trying to change the working conditions imposed by the collective agreement and state benefits and wages and reduce the benefits of the collective agreement using all kinds of tricks. FEMSA told the Union of Workers of the Food Industry Marilia (STIAM), the legitimate representative of the plant operators, informally that it would abide by the state convention, but contradictorily refused to enter into dialogue with the union.

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.

Coca-Cola suspends operations at Dasna bottling plant in India

Confirming receipt of notice from Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), the company said it has submitted a detailed response to issues raised over the plant.

Sugar Tax Threatens Jobs, South Africa Coca-Cola Bottler Says

Plants could be closed if proposed charge is implemented
Government aims to reduce sugar consumption, tackle obesity

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, the bottling joint venture between the U.S. soft-drink maker and brewer SABMiller Plc, may close South African plants and see profit in the country more than halve if the government pushes ahead with a proposed sugar tax.

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