Three Coca-Cola factories in Vietnam now have the required certificates

Three Coca-Cola factories in Vietnam now have the required certificates

The Coca-Cola Co has confirmed that its Vietnam operations are back online after missing certification halted the production of four non-core brands in the country.

The company said production for Aquarius, Dasani with minerals, Nutriboost and Teppy had returned to normal following a week's suspension at the end of June. The halt came after a "misunderstanding" over food safety certifications for the brands.

According to Coca-Cola, an internal audit earlier this year revealed the requirement of additional certification for supplementary beverages because of a law change in the country. The company applied for the Certificate of Food Safety Condition "several weeks ago" and its three plants - in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang - have now been issued the required papers by Vietnam's health ministry.

"All of our products being distributed and sold in the market are safe and meet all qualified food safety standards of the country," Coca-Cola said.

CSD consumption in Vietnam has expanded rapidly over the past few years, from 587m litres in 2010 to 836m litres in 2014, increasing at a CAGR of 9.2%. This growth is due to a rising population, increasing incomes and the development of an important consumer group - the young urban professional, according to Canadean research released last year.

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