Statement from the Indian Beverage Association on GST Council’s Schedule of Rates of Tax on Goods

By: Coca-Cola India | 19/05/2017

The Indian Beverage Association (IBA) is extremely disappointed with sweetened aerated water and flavoured water being placed in the highest tax slab rate of 28 per cent combined with an additional cess of 12 per cent. The effective tax rate of 40 per cent on these products under the GST regime is against the stated policy of maintaining parity with the existing weighted average tax which is significantly below 40 per cent. This increase will have a negative ripple effect and hurt the entire ecosystem of farmers, retailers, distributors and bottlers in India.

The rationale for the GST regime is to bring about a taxation system that propels the India’s growth story forward and making products more affordable for consumers and benefit society at large. This increase in tax will further limit the growth of the beverage industry.

Moreover, the imposition of cess on non-aerated flavoured water and nutrition drinks is not in line with the stated intentions of levying cess only on aerated drinks.

IBA hopes for reconsideration of the rate of cess on aerated drinks besides having a lower rate for non-sugar sweetened drinks, nutrition beverages and aerated beverages that contains fruit juice and expects a positive outcome from the government.


Statement from Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. on the Usage of Groundwater by Mehandiganj Bottling Plant

By: Coca-Cola India | 28/03/2017

"The fears around depletion of groundwater on account of the operations of the bottling plant at Mehandiganj are completely baseless and unfounded. The plant is a very miniscule user of water in comparison to the overall groundwater usage in the Varanasi region and uses less than 0.06 per cent of the total groundwater draft in Arazilline block. In its 2012 report, the Central Groundwater Board had observed that reduction in groundwater level was not due to withdrawal of groundwater by the bottling operations at Mehandiganj plant. The Hon’ble NGT had also stayed the order of the UPPCB and gave permission to operate the plant with its Returnable Glass Bottle (RGB) line. The bottling plant has improved its water usage ratio by 47 per cent leading to reduction in water consumption by 66 per cent. Groundwater depletion is a larger issue that requires all stakeholders to work together towards finding long-term solutions and HCCB is actively working with various NGOs and communities around its bottling operation to replenish the groundwater."


Statement from Coca-Cola India on Ending the Association Salman Khan as Brand Ambassador of Thums Up

By: Coca-Cola India | 19/10/2016

Salman Khan was committed to an existing relationship with a daily TV show, which this year happens to be sponsored by a brand that competes with the
Coca-Cola India product portfolio.

In light of this, both parties have mutually decided not to renew the current contract.


Statement from The Coca-Cola Company on Clarifying the Reports on Selling of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd.

By: Coca-Cola India | 21/03/2016

"There is no truth to the rumours that The Coca-Cola Company has plans to sell Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages. Our current bottling structure in India – a Company owned bottler and 13 other franchise bottlers – has been working very well. Together we have built a strong foundation for our businesses in India. Our bottling system is investing in innovation, infrastructure, technical capabilities, talent acquisition and business expansion. We are together focused on being a world class manufacturing and sales organisation.”


Statement from Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages on Production Capacity Optimisation

By: Coca-Cola India | 16/03/2016

Hindustan Coca-Cola is one of the leading manufacturing companies in India which operates several bottling plants that manufacture non-alcoholic ready to drink beverages. Like with any other manufacturing organisation, we are going through a process of consolidation where new state-of-the art facilities are being built and existing production capacities are being optimised. These decisions are taken in keeping with plant capacity utilisation considerations, based on the market demands and projections.