The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) announced today that it expects to report a worldwide unit case volume increase of approximately 4 percent for the third quarter.

"During the quarter, our international businesses benefited from our renewed focus on local marketing and stabilizing economic conditions in many markets," said Jack L. Stahl, president and chief operating officer. "Despite volume softness earlier in the quarter, the Company's North American business has improved in the latter part of the quarter based on our marketing activities."

"The initiatives that we continue to take throughout our system demonstrate that we are building the foundation for strong and consistent growth as we head into 2001," Mr. Stahl said.

Volume Outlook

The Company announced that it remains comfortable with previously established objectives and anticipates growing worldwide unit case volume approximately 5 percent for the full year 2000 and 6 to 7 percent for the full year 2001.

Unit Case Growth Expectations - Operating Groups

The following table reflects the unit case volume trends the Company expects to report in the third quarter.
           Third Quarter 2000
Estimated Unit Case Volume
% Change
Worldwide Approx. 4
North America Group Even
Latin America Group 4 - 5
Europe and Eurasia 4 - 5
Asia Pacific Group 7 - 8
Africa and Middle East Group 3 - 4


This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning long-term volume and EPS objectives and should be read in conjunction with cautionary statements contained in Exhibit 99.1 in the Company's most recent Form 10-K.