Bottler Coca-Cola HBC mulls other options for Russian business

A Coca-Cola logo is pictured through an occasion in Paris, France, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Might 12 (Reuters) – Delicate beverages bottler Coca-Cola HBC AG (CCH.L) reported on Thursday it will examine all selections for its Russian operations and have a more compact presence in the state, focussing on nearby models, just after U.S. beverage huge Coca-Cola suspended operations there.

The bottler, which counted Russia as 1 of its most important marketplaces, explained it was nevertheless in the system of implementing the final decision by Coca-Cola (KO.N).

Hundreds of Western firms have both withdrawn or suspended functions in Russia given that the state invaded Ukraine in February when Western governments have imposed sanctions.

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HBC is one of Coca-Cola’s numerous bottlers globally and retains regional Coca-Cola franchises to bottle and promote drinks developed by the beverage huge. Coca-Cola retains a around 21% stake in HBC.

The company, whose once-a-year outlook stays withdrawn, claimed it has stopped placing orders for concentrate in Russia and ceased investments in the market.

The London-outlined corporation said organic profits in the first quarter rose 25.9%, excluding Russia and Ukraine.

The Switzerland-headquartered corporation mentioned it greater rates in the quarter to assistance control soaring enter price tag inflation, and that has not negatively impacted volumes.

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Reporting by Amna Karimi in Bengaluru Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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