Words: daft, adj.

THERE IS no greater piffle than that uttered by Coca-Cola's new "chief executive", Douglas Daft. People are refusing to pay more for it. Even so, he is optimistic, for "we build a complex imagery around the product." Do his ad men peruse John Donne and Wallace Stevens?

Coca-Cola Beverages sales hit by Kosovo

COCA-COLA BEVERAGES, the world's fourth-largest bottler of Coca- Cola soft drinks, yesterday unveiled a poor set of first-half figures but insisted that prospects remained sound and its merger with Greece's Hellenic Bottling was on track.

Greek deal lifts Coca-Cola shares

SHARES IN Coca-Cola Beverages, the London-listed Coke bottler for eastern Europe, climbed yesterday as the company announced its drawn- out merger negotiations with Greece's Hellenic Bottling were back on track and nearing completion.

Branson role in Coca-Cola raids

RICHARD BRANSON'S Virgin Cola was one of the complainants that sparked raids by European Commission investigators on Coca-Cola offices in four European countries, The Independent has learnt.

Coca-Cola profits fall 21% after health scare

COCA-COLA, the world's largest soft-drinks company, yesterday unveiled a 21 per cent fall in second-quarter profits following the fallout from its health scare in Europe and slowing demand in Asia.

Coca-Cola bottler dips on sales blow

SHARES IN Coca-Cola Beverages slumped by more than 6 per cent yesterday after the soft drinks bottler issued a disastrous sales update.

Hysteria blamed for Cola alarm

THE COCA-COLA scare that left hundreds of people across Belgium nursing headaches, stomach upsets and nausea after imbibing the the world's most ubiquitous fizzy drink was due to an outbreak of mass hysteria, scientists said yesterday.

Focus: Can they still sell the world a Coke?

Forget about Belgium. Coca-Cola is in trouble right across the globe

Belguim extends Coke product ban

BELGIUM'S GOVERNMENT yesterday extended its ban on some Coca-Cola products but agreed to allow sales of some of the company's other beverages to resume for the first time since Monday. Then they were ordered from shelves after dozens of people became ill after drinking Coca-Cola products.

Poisoned Belgian Coke 'on UK sale'

SOFT-DRINK cans contaminated with chemicals that made more than 100 Belgians sick could be on sale in Britain, Coca-Cola admitted.

DTI clears Coke's brand purchase

DTI clears Coke's brand purchase

Bottler falls flat in eastern Europe

COCA-COLA BEVERAGES, the bottling operation that came to the market last summer, continued its disappointing run yesterday with a 9 per cent fall in operating profits, attributed to problems in the Ukraine and Belarus. These operations fell into losses following the devaluation of the Russian rouble last year.

Drinks firms fight Schweppes deal

SEVERAL OF Britain's leading soft drinks companies have complained to the Office of Fair Trading that Cadbury Schweppes's proposed pounds 1bn deal to sell its non-US soft drinks interests to Coca-Cola is anti-competitive.
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