The Coca-Cola Co. has responded to a US court ruling dismissing allegations that it controlled its bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises to maximise profits.

CCE had alleged that Coca-Cola engaged in pushing large volumes of concentrate to CCE to meet sales targets, forcing the bottler to change plans for its Rocky Mountain division, resulting in reduced projected profits.

The judge ruled that Coca-Cola, which owns 35% of the bottler, had "every right" to revise prices, terms of payment and other conditions in supplying the bottler with syrup and concentrate, and that those changes could take effect immediately upon notice to the bottler.

Speaking to just-drinks yesterday (24 October) a spokesperson for the company said: "Our relationship with CCE is independent and transparent."

The spokesperson added: "We are pleased with the judge's decision."