Coke's negotiations with its German bottlers have hit a hurdle. German news sources said today that the eight bottling companies represented at the talks had rejected the restructuring plans Coca-Cola Co had hoped to push through.

The association of independent German Coca-Cola concessionaires (CCIV) said Coke had sought to group its German bottling, sales and marketing and delivery operations in a single business.

Coke also wanted to put an end to bottling concessions with local vendors. However,  CCIV said it was after a clear sign from Coke as to what it was ready to pay in return.

CCIV added that it didn't expect an agreement in the short term.