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Coca-Cola Quarterly Report Includes Small Volume Growth

Oct. 25, 2023
Sales increased because of inflation and price increases but volume globally inched up 2%.

Coca-Cola Co. on Oct. 24 reported solid third-quarter results that included not only an increase in net revenues but a small increase in volume. That runs counter to the recent financial reports of most food & beverage companies that are seeing sales increases because of inflation and price increases but lower volumes.

“We delivered an overall solid quarter and are raising our full-year topline and bottom-line guidance in light of our year-to-date performance,” said James Quincey, chairman and CEO. The company now expects to deliver organic revenue (non-GAAP) growth of 10-11% for the full year.

Net revenues grew 8% to $12 billion. Operating income increased 6%. There was zero growth – but no slippage either – in North American volume, but global volume increased 2%, helped by a 7% bump in Latin America. The Europe-Middle East-Africa business saw a 1% decline in volume.

Also of note:

“The company remains committed to successfully listing Coca-Cola Beverages Africa as a public company via an initial public offering once market conditions become more favorable.”

The report noted progress in, “scaling packaging innovations to continue progress toward a circular economy: The company, in close alignment with its global partners, continues to pursue its World Without Waste packaging goals by designing and increasing availability of packages that include a combination of recycled materials or reusable containers. During the quarter, Coca-Cola HBC AG unveiled a … line for refillable glass bottles in Austria … In the United States, the system expanded the availability of … 20-ounce bottles made from 100% recycled PET plastic material (rPET) … at least one of the company’s beverages is now available in 100% rPET, excluding cap and label, in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Türkiye."

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Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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