Coca Cola posts double-digit volume growth in India in Q1

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Global beverages major Coca Cola Company has reported double-digit volume growth in India and China in the first quarter of 2018.

According to a PTI report: The company, which reported 3 percent growth in total unit case volume during the period with growth across all category clusters and geographic operating groups, said in the Asia-Pacific region, India and China outpaced more developed markets, including Japan and Australia.

Coca Cola said, in its unit case volume growth of 5 percent, the region for the quarter was driven by strong performance in China and India, partially offset by a low single-digit decline in Southeast Asia.

It further said, driven by favourable product mix — as sparkling soft drinks volume grew in double digits in China and India — its operating income growth outpaced revenue growth for the quarter for the Asia-Pacific region.

Coca Cola said its overall net revenues declined 16 percent to US $7.6 billion for the quarter, impacted by a 26 percent headwind from refranchising of bottling territories.

The company also said trademark Coca-Cola was the largest contributor, with a clear acceleration in all brands under the trademark.

The Coca-Cola Company President and CEO James Quincey was quoted by PTI as saying, “We’re encouraged with our first quarter performance as we continue our evolution as a consumer-centric, total beverage company.”

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