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Coca-Cola to invest another $2B in China


Last Edited: March 6, 2009, 10:48 am

Coca-Cola to invest another $2 billion in China: reports

By Michael Kitchen

Last update: 7:58 a.m. EST March 6, 2009

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Coca-Cola Co. (KO) said Friday it plans to invest an additional $2 billion in its China operations over the next three years, according to reports from the region. Chief Executive Muhtar Kent said in a statement quoted by Dow Jones Newswires that the new investment will go to "new plant and distribution infrastructure, sales and marketing, and R&D." The announcement follows the launch of Coca-Cola's $2.4 billion bid for Chinese beverage producer Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd. (HK:1886) , which still awaits regulatory approval by Beijing. A Coca-Cola spokesman quoted by the Associated Press said: "We have deep respect for the hard work [Chinese commerce officials] are doing as part of the regulatory approval. ... We think it would be inappropriate for us to speculate about when [Chinese regulators] will be able to finalize the approval process."

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