Coke Tweaks Its Business Model Again

Company rushes to sell off manufacturing, distribution in order to focus on concentrate

Coca-Cola Co. has changed course yet again on a basic part of its business model: how to control manufacturing and distribution without having to own them. And this might be its last chance to get it right.

Coca-Cola shuts down three bottling plants in India amid severe water shortages

In India, Coca-Cola has decided to suspend bottling operations at three units located in three different states of the country. One of these units, in the city of Kaladera in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, has been the target of a years-long community-led campaign that blames the company for exacerbating water shortages in the area. Coca-Cola says the plant closure is due to long term economic non-viability.

Coca-Cola seeking excessive flexibility at Ghent plant in Belgium

Coca-Cola Enterprises which is in the midst of a major merger process with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Germany's Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG announced its plans to renovate its Zwijnaarde bottling plant (Ghent, Eastern Flanders) on October 2015. The gradual refurbishment includes a 75-million-Euro investment but will lead to 122 job losses from workforce of 443 by 2018. The impact will be greatest in production where 116 of 263 jobs will be lost.  Following the loss of these 122 jobs, the company wants to bring in 20% hired labour or agency workers. Two canning lines will be closed and replaced by one high speed canning filling line. Two glass lines will also be closed and replaced by one high speed multi format glass line. The hot fill blowing line will also close.

A breakthrough for women in Coca-Cola Pakistan

Most bottlers in the Coca Cola system claim to promote diversity and in particular gender equality. In reality, the number of women employed in the bottling plants is extremely low, ranging from 0 to 10%.

Strikes planned over wage theft at Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines

Members of the IUF-affiliated FCCU SENTRO voted overwhelmingly for strike action to stop wage theft on the first week of February, 2016.

Coca-Cola moves for Nigeria's leading dairy and juice company, Chi

A majority shareholder in Nigeria’s largest juice and dairy company, Chi Limited, Tropical General Investment (TGI) Group, on January 30, 2016 sold 40 percent of its stake to the Coca-Cola company. This deal signals Coca Cola’s plan to expand across Africa by 2020 and redouble its effort to expand beyond soda as its soda sales is low.

The Coca-Cola Co's Vio milk - Product Launch

The Coca-Cola Co has deepened its presence in India's dairy market with the pilot launch of flavoured milk Vio.

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