Chinese police have arrested two ex-employees of Coca-Cola Co's Shanghai bottling group, over allegations that they embezzled money from the firm and took bribes from suppliers.

A Coca-Cola Co spokesperson confirmed to just-drinks today (15 September) that two ex-workers of Shanghai Shenmei Coca-Cola bottling have been detained by police.

Both arrests were a result of "allegations that the former employees extracted kick-backs from suppliers and embezzled from the bottler", said the spokesperson.

Neither person is suspected of bribing Government officials.

"Shanghai Shenmei Coca-Cola bottling is actively cooperating with the police investigation in strict compliance with relevant laws and regulations," said the company.

It remained unclear how much money the pair may have accumulated, although China's official Xinhua news agency reported that the two amassed nearly US$1.5m.