Coca-Cola Targeting Additional US$3 Billion Investment to Support Long-Term, Sustainable Growth in India
Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) India, the country's leading beverage company, today announced that the Coca-Cola system will invest an additional US$3 billion (approximately Rs. 165,000 MN) in India through 2020 to further capture growth opportunities in the country's fast-growing nonalcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverage market. With the new $3 billion investment, the Coca-Cola system now plans to invest $5 billion in India from 2012 to 2020.
“Achieving continued sustainable, responsible growth in India is core to achieving our 2020 Vision of doubling system revenues in this decade,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company. “Our ongoing investment in India is focused on delivering innovation, partnerships and a portfolio that enhances the consumer experience, ensures product affordability and builds brand loyalty to deliver long-term growth.”
NARTD beverages have enormous growth potential in India. Coca-Cola India has registered unit case volume growth in India for the past 23 quarters, 17 of which have seen double-digit growth. Two of the Company's core sparkling brands – Thums Up and Sprite – are the country's top selling soft drink brands while brand Coca-Cola is one of the country's fastest growing sparkling brands, most recently reporting 27 percent growth in the first quarter. In the still beverage category, Coca-Cola's Maaza is India's largest selling juice drink.
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