Coca-Cola says it is operating within the law in the province

Coca-Cola says it is operating within the law in the province

The Coca-Cola Co has said that it has “co-operated fully” with authorities in China, after reports it is being investigated over allegations that it illegally mapped parts of a province.

Authorities in the south-west provice of Yunnan claim that the US firm has been “illegally collecting classified information with handheld GPS equipment”, the Financial Times reported, citing a Yunnan government website.

But, in a statement e-mailed to just-drinks today (13 March), Coca-Cola said: “After being contacted by local authorities, our bottling plants have co-operated fully with their enquiries to ensure that our customer logistics systems are in full compliance with current regulations.”

The company said that its local bottling plants have “adopted logistics solutions to improve our customer service levels and fuel efficiency” over the last several years. It added: “These include e-map and location-based customer logistics systems that are commercially available in China through authorised local suppliers.” 

The Yunnan government said the Coca-Cola case is one of 21 instances of alleged illegal surveying under investigation, the FT reported. 

Last month, Coca-Cola's CEO Muhtar Kent admitted that there have been challenges in China, but was postitive about the company's future in the country. 

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