Unstructured Finance

Deals wrap: Coke acting like a VC

July 26, 2010

The Coca-Cola Co – the world’s largest beverage producer – has been thinking and acting more like a venture capital firm over the last few years, as it attempts to find new ways to increase profits and stay ahead of the competition,  according to a Reuters exclusive.

Check Out Line: Have a Coke and a confused looking grin

July 21, 2010

Check out the confused American consumer. COCACOLAENTERPRISES/

Coca-Cola Co actually saw sales volume rise in North America in the second quarter, a rare feat.

Check Out Line: Appetite grows for food deals

March 16, 2010

thistractorCheck out what we’re hearing from top executives attending our Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week.

Olympic Gold for Coke, McDonald’s and Visa

March 11, 2010

rings1When is Olympic sponsorship money well spent? A Performance Research poll shows it may depend on how the funds are used.

Bottlers: the choice of a new generation?

February 25, 2010

Over the last few months, as Pepsi worked out its deal to buy its main bottlers, Coca-Cola said it wasn’t interested in such a deal. Well you can’t keep a good idea down and today Coke, which once liked to be known as “the real thing,” unveiled plans to buy the bottler’s North American business.

Check Out Line: Coke’s actions speak louder than its words

February 25, 2010

coke1Check out Coke’s about face on its relationships with one of its bottlers.

Coke plans to buy the North American operations of its largest bottler, Coca Cola Enterprises, in a substantially cashless deal that would let it cut costs and be more flexible in its distribution.

Check Out Line: Have a Coke and an in-line quarterly profit

February 9, 2010

coke1Check out Coke’s quarterly profit.

Coca-Cola reported a fourth-quarter profit that matched Wall Street’s expectations as strong volume in China, India and Brazil offset a decline in North America. Lower costs and market share gains in both the carbonated and noncarbonated segments helped too.

Coca-Cola’s tale of four cities

July 21, 2009

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …

muhtar-kentWhen trying to determine how and when consumers will recover from the downturn, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent sees the world broken into four quadrants.  It’s “A Tale of Four Cities,” he said.

Cola truce? Coke and Pepsi trade niceties on Twitter

July 7, 2009

Cola rivals Coke and Pepsi gave their long-standing feud a rest last week after a user-provoked experiment on Twitter prompted the two pop makers to trade friendly greetings on the popular social networking service.