Coca-Cola warns of tighter supplies of high intensity sweeteners from China if coronavirus continues to spread

By Elaine Watson

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The supply of high intensity (non nutritive) sweeteners from China could be impacted if coronavirus continues to spread, Coca-Cola has warned.

In its annual report​ for the year ended Dec 31, 2019, Coca-Cola noted: “Our supply chain for non-nutritive sweeteners and certain other ingredients for our products includes suppliers in China. As a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, beginning in January 2020, our suppliers in China have experienced some delays in the production and export of these ingredients.

“We have initiated contingency supply plans and do not foresee a short-term impact due to these delays. However, we may see tighter supplies of some of these ingredients in the longer term should production or export operations in China deteriorate.”

Coca-Cola uses a variety of high intensity sweeteners including aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, saccharin, cyclamate and steviol glycosides, which “are readily available from numerous sources,” ​said the company.

“We purchase sucralose, which we consider a critical raw material, from suppliers in the United States and China.”

Its comments came as Coca-Cola – which says China is its third largest market in terms of unit case volume - released a statement predicting coronavirus will have a 2-3 percentage point impact on unit case volume in the first quarter of 2020.

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