• FY net profits drop by 4.9% to US$27.2m
  • Net sales rise in 12 months to end of December by 3.4% to $1.6bn
  • Operating profits up by 1.3% to $88.7m
  • Volumes, market share increase 

Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated has reported a slight drop in full-year net profits as marketing and staffing costs offset a rise in sales. 

Net profits in 2012 fell by 4.9% to US$27.2m, the North Carolina-based bottler said late yesterday (6 March). Sales in the 12-month period were up by 3.4% to $1.6bn. 

Operating profits in the period edged up by 1.3% to $88.7m. 

In Q4, net profits were flat at 1.8m, while sales rose by 3.7% to $386.7m. Operating profits in the three months were down by 6% to $14m. 

Henry Flint, the company's president & COO, said its full-year profits were down due to “significant investments” in people, marketing and technology, but this helped grow volume and marketshare, without offering more detail.  

Flint added: “We continue to innovate and evolve packaging and marketing strategies to respond to ever-changing consumer tastes.”

To read the company's full statement, click here.