Excessive amounts of Benzoic acid caused nine soft drinks manufactured by the Coco-Cola Company to fail quality inspections and be withdrawn from sale, according to recent report published by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine…Full Article: ECNS.cn July 2016

Key Points

  • The tainted Coca-Cola soft drinks included Sunkist brands of strawberry, orange, and grape flavors, as well as the company’s Crush brands of cherry, grape, strawberry, and orange flavors. A&W root beer and cream soda were also affected. The Guangdong-based importer and distributor, Shenzhen Lanka Industry, withdrew affected products from its inventory.
  • Benzoic acid is a food additive/preservative that inhibits bacterial growth and can cause health problems if consumed over a long period of time.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In China, Sprite, Coca-Cola, and Fanta are the primary drivers of growth for the Coca-Cola Company.
  • In April 2016, Coca-Cola began construction of a factory to produce Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Ice Dew and Ice Dew Chunyue water in Kunming, Yunnan Province.
  • In September 2015, Gansu province’s Lanzhou Environmental Protection Bureau accused the COFCO-Coca Cola factory of forging its water pollution output by manipulating sewage sample data collection. During the same month, Coca-Cola announced it would invest US$4 billion in China over a three year period.
  • In April 2015, Coca-Cola acquired China Culiangwang Beverages (fruit and vegetable drink producer) via the China Green Group for US$400 million. China Culiangwang Beverages Holdings Ltd is based in Hong Kong.
  • As of 2014, Coca-Cola has 43 factories in China and has invested US$9 billion in the country since 1979.
  • In June 2014, Coca-Cola began construction in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, on a factory will that have nine production lines (sparkling and still beverages) and a total capacity of 1.2 million ton per year. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed in 2016.
  • In 2005, Coca-Cola introduced Minute Maid Pulpy in China. This made-in-China product became a billion dollar brand by 2010.
  • In 1994, Coca Cola built its first factory in Heilongjiang province in Harbin’s Economic-Technological Development Zone and as of 2014, the factory has three production lines (including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Ice Dew) and a capacity of 190,000 tons per year.
  • Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Shenzhen, Shenzhen Lanka Industry is a food importer and distributor that supplies retailers in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Chengdu, Wuhan, Dalian, Qingdao, Harbin, Changchun, and elsewhere. The company primarily imports processed food products including snacks, candy, chocolate, spices, sauces, fruit juices, breakfast foods, and soft drinks.

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