FRANCE: Casino in pricing spat with Coca-Cola Enterprises
French supermarket chain Casino has confirmed that some Coca-Cola products are no longer available at its outlets as a result of a disagreement over pricing.
In the past few days, Casino stores have placed notices above shelves where Coca-Cola drinks are normally found, informing consumers that the full range is not being stocked because “we (Casino) have not accepted the brand's price demands”.
The notices add: "We invite you to discover our own-label colas."
When contacted by just-drinks this week, a spokesperson for Casino played down the notion of a boycott of Coca-Cola drinks. “The brand's main products remain on sale,” the spokesperson said.
Earlier this year, Casino's discount chain Leader Price discontinued the sale of Coca-Cola's products in favour of PepsiCo's portfolio.
No-one was immediately available for comment at Coca Cola Entreprises French headquarters in Paris.
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