Coca-Cola is planning to acquire a German bottling company currently owned by InBev, according to local reports. Financial Times Deutschland said yesterday (21 March) that Bremer Erfrischungsgetranke, the second biggest bottler of Coke's products in Germany, has been targeted by the US drinks giant.

A dispute has been running between Coke and the eight independent bottlers it uses in Germany, the paper said, since the US company said in November that it plans to terminate their contracts prematurely. Coke believes the inefficient structure of its bottling system in Germany is responsible for falling sales on the German market.

Financial Times Deutschland also said that Coke hopes to hold negotiations with the other seven companies, but is not sure whether they will cooperate or not.