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22 Apr 2015

Amy Kazmin, Financial Times

Coca-Cola forced to abandon India bottling plant plans

Coca-Cola has been forced to abandon plans to build a new bottling plant in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu after fierce resistance from local farmers, who feared that the US-based beverages company would use local groundwater for its fizzy drinks and cause a precipitous fall in the water table...High quality global journalism requires investment...The cancellation of the proposed $81m bottling plant at Perendurai is the second big recent setback for Coca-Cola as it seeks to expand capacity in the world’s second-most populous country, where water scarcity, and a plummeting water table, is a growing concern in rural areas.