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The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than

450 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the
Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola
Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of
sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks, and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s
largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s
beverages at a rate of 1.5 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable
communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and
enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.
Because public policy issues have the potential to impact our business, people and communities, our
Company, like other commercial enterprises, uses its resources on occasion to advance matters of public
policy that are consistent with the sustainability of our business and our Company’s values.
To that end, our Company recognizes the importance of meaningful corporate governance practices as it
relates to corporate political contributions in the United States. Accordingly, corporate political
contributions are based upon the following criteria:
1 Legal Compliance: Our Company’s political contributions are made in compliance with all
applicable laws and corresponding legal reporting requirements. To ensure compliance, all corporate
political contributions are reviewed and approved by our Company’s Vice President, Government Relations
and appropriate legal counsel.

1 Board and Management Oversight: Corporate political contributions are reviewed retroactively
by the Public Issues and Diversity Review Committee to ensure alignment with Company policy and our
overall values. In addition, the Public Issues and Diversity Review Committee, along with the Company’s
Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility Council, periodically review Company policy regarding
political contributions and also corresponding Company practices.

1 Public Policy Support: Consistent with applicable laws, corporate political contributions may be
given to political candidates and organizations whose views and work are consistent with the interests and
values of our Company, our bottling and overall business system, the non-alcoholic beverage industry and
the communities in which we operate. Because our Company’s vision and values are an outgrowth of our
unique brands and people, we recognize that political candidates and organizations may support positions
that align with some, but not all, aspects of our contribution policy. In these instances, we base our
involvement on those areas of mutual agreement that we believe will have the greatest benefit to our
shareowners and key stakeholders.

Public Transparency: Our Company supports public transparency relating to corporate political
contributions and our Company complies with all applicable laws and legal reporting requirements relating
to corporate political contributions. In addition, and to further the goal of transparency in this area, we will
post this policy and an annual report of our contributions to political candidates and any political entities
organized under 26 USC Sec. 527 of the Internal Revenue Code on our Company website: www.thecoca-
colacompany.comtouts its board’s financial acumen, deep knowledge of operations, diplomatic savvy and
range of other skills. Kent told the 400 attendees at the meeting that the board is plugged-in, well-traveled
and well-qualified.

“Our share owners benefit from an incredible set of perspectives on our board,” Kent told Evans. “It is not
as if we have just stayed where we are and not had any composition change on our board. ... I don’t think
anybody could wish for a better, more-informed board.”

Coca-Cola directors are 68 on average, according to the company’s most recent proxy statement in March.
By comparison, Fortune 500 directors average 63 1/2, according to The Corporate Library, a nonprofit
corporate governance group.

Directors represent shareholders by making sure a company is investing in the right markets, products, and
strategic partnerships. They oversee executive compensation, as well as risk-control policies and financial

If you have any questions or require further information regarding this Company policy, please contact the
office of the Vice President, Government Relations

The actual production and distribution of Coca-Cola follows a franchising model. The Coca-Cola Company
only produces a syrup concentrate, which it sells to bottlers throughout the world, who hold Coca-Cola
franchises for one or more geographical areas. The bottlers produce the final drink by mixing the syrup
with filtered water and sweeteners, and then carbonate it before putting it in cans and bottles, which the
bottlers then sell and distribute to retail stores, vending machines, restaurants and food service distributors.
The Coca-Cola Company owns minority shares in some of its largest franchises, like Coca-Cola
Enterprises, Coca-Cola Amatil, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) and Coca-Cola FEMSA,
but fully independent bottlers produce almost half of the volume sold in the world. Independent bottlers are
allowed to sweeten the drink according to local tastes.[42]

The bottling plant in Skopje, Macedonia, received the 2009 award for "Best Bottling Company".[43]

Acidity and tooth decay

Numerous court cases have been filed against the Coca-Cola Company since the 1940s alleging that the
acidity of the drink is dangerous. In some of these cases, evidence has been presented showing Coca-Cola
is no more harmful than comparable soft drinks or acidic fruit juices. Frequent exposure of teeth to acidic
drinks increases the risk of tooth damage through dental erosion.[1][2] This form of tooth decay is unrelated
to dental caries.[3]

[edit] High fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup was rapidly introduced in many processed foods and soda drinks in the US over
the period of about 1975–1985. Since 1985 in the U.S., Coke has been made with high fructose corn syrup
instead of sucrose to reduce costs. One of the reasons this has come under criticism is because the corn
used to produce corn syrup often comes from genetically altered plants.[4] Some nutritionists also caution
against consumption of high fructose corn syrup because of possible links to obesity and diabetes.[5] High
fructose corn syrup has been shown to be metabolized differently than sugar by the human body.[6]

This causes problems with Coke's distribution and bottling network, because specific franchise districts are
guaranteed an exclusive market area for Coke products. Mexican-made Coca-Cola may often be found for
sale in stores catering to the Hispanic immigrant community. Kosher for Passover Coke is also made with
cane sugar, rather than corn syrup, due to the special dietary restrictions for observant Jews. Some
Orthodox Jews do not consume corn during the holiday. Bottled with yellow caps, this variant can be found
in some areas of the US around April.[7]

India secret formula ban

Coca-Cola was India's leading soft drink until 1977 when it left India after a new government ordered the
company to turn over its secret formula for Coca-Cola and dilute its stake in its Indian unit as required by
the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA).[8] In 1993, the company (along with PepsiCo) returned in
pursuance of India's Liberalization policy.[9]

Environmental issues

Cartoon by Carlos Latuff

In India, there exists widespread concern over how Coca-Cola is

produced. In particular, it is feared that the water used to
produce Coke may contain unhealthy levels of pesticides and
other harmful chemicals. It has also been alleged that due to the
amount of water required to produce Coca-Cola, aquifers are
drying up and forcing farmers to relocate.[10]

[edit] Pesticide use

In 2003, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a non-

governmental organisation in New Delhi, said aerated waters
produced by soft drinks manufacturers in India, including multinational giants Pepsico and Coca-Cola,
contained toxins including lindane, DDT, malathion and chlorpyrifos — pesticides that can contribute to
cancer and a breakdown of the immune system. Tested products included Coke, Pepsi, and several other
soft drinks (7Up, Mirinda, Fanta, Thums Up, Limca, Sprite), many produced by The Coca-Cola Company.

CSE found that the Indian produced Pepsi's soft drink products had 36 times the level of pesticide residues
permitted under European Union regulations; Coca Cola's 30 times. CSE said it had tested the same
products in the US and found no such residues.

- Taste or health: A study on consumer acceptance of cola drinks

This study examined the relative contributions of taste and health considerations on consumer liking and
purchase intent of cola drinks. Eight types of commercial cola drinks were evaluated by 305 adult
consumers who also completed a brief questionnaire on food habits. Data were analyzed using factor
analysis. Results revealed that purchase intent of cola drinks was strongly related to degree of liking and to
several key sensory attributes including saltiness, drinks flavor and greasiness. These variables emerged as
the first factor in the analysis, suggesting that consumers perceive these characteristics as being most
important in their choice of cola drinks. Factor 2 described a health dimension and was related to
respondents' attitudes toward fat in the diet. Factor 3 comprised two remaining sensory attributes (color and
crunchiness), which apparently were of minor importance to the respondents.

Sprite is a transparent, lemon-lime flavored, caffeine free soft drink, produced by the Coca-Cola Company.
It was introduced in the United States in 1961. This was Coke's response to the popularity of 7 Up, which
had begun as "Lithiated Lemon" in 1929. It comes in a primarily silver, green, and blue can or a green
translucent bottle with a primarily green and blue label. In 1978, Sprite became the market leader position
in the lemon soda category. Sprite is very popular in Canada as well. The annual sales rate of Sprite in
Canada is 15 million per year. Sprite became popular in marketing in the 1960s through 1970s when they
started making advertisements for the soda pop which was soon referenced in songs. Sprite also became
popular through the late 1970s through early 1980s, when they made slogan ads for the pop. In the late
1980s, Sprite became popular through the teenage group.

During the 1990s, the soda started to be featured in TV and radio ads. In 2000, Sprite commissioned
Temper to design a can which saw the design on 300 million cans across Europe. During 2005 the company
changed its logo, then again in 2009.The program contemplated substantial increases in consumer demand
for Sprite in its second and third years. The company obligated itself to spend forty cents per gallon over
the Due to varying awning designs and sizes the awning sizes given are approximate only. Specific awning
sizes must be confirmed by your dealer or awning manufacturer prior to purchase.

Weights: For 2011 models the method of calculating the MRO and payload figures has changed.
Allowances for essential equipment (e.g. gas cylinders) previously allowed for in the user payload are now
within the MRO. The provision for a leisure battery has been included within the personal effects payload
allowance. Please note Factory Fit Optional Extras are fitted at the time of manufacture and Dealer Fit
Optional Extras are fitted prior to delivery of the caravan. Recommended retail price list for 2011 models.
Prices include VAT @ 17.5%. Effective from 1st September 2010. All prices exclude a recommended
dealer delivery charge of £495 (including VAT).

This price list supersedes all previous price lists. The Swift Group Limited (Swift) reserves the right to alter
specifications and prices at any time as materials and conditions demand. Distributors and dealers sell
Sprite products on their own account and not as agents of Swift. Accordingly, they have no authority to
bind Swift or to make any representation or undertaking whatsoever on behalf of Swift.

Bed Sizes: Please note that the front double bed sizes quoted are for seating configurations without chest of
drawers. The front double bed width for a layout with a chest of drawers fitted will be reduced by
0.5m(1'8") from that stated

THE Federal Government will cancel the troubled $1 billion Seasprite helicopter project, Defence
Minister Joel Fitzgibbon announced today.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the decision was not taken easily but the new Labor government was left with little
The Government launched a review of the project late last year, shortly after winning the November 24
election. "After careful consideration of all the issues involved, the government has decided that it intends
to cancel the project," Mr Fitzgibbon said in a statement.

"Discussions will be commenced immediately with the contractor in relation to the legal and financial
arrangements to facilitate this." Details of arrangements with contractor Kaman will be announced once
mutual agreement has been reached, subject to any confidentiality issues. Under a contract signed in 1997
and now worth about $1 billion, the navy was to acquire 11 Kaman Seasprites, each equipped with an
advanced radar, datalinks and combat system, allowing it to serve as the eyes of a warship 50km away.

Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar.End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar. They were scheduled to
enter service around 2001-02. A Senate estimates committee heard last month the helicopters were still
three years from service and might never meet aviation safety standards.

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