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PRESS: Pepsi Receives Police Protection to Bring in Water to Bottling Plant

India Resource Center
Posted: May 13, 2015

In an extraordinary development, PepsiCo’s bottling plant in Suriyur in India has sought – and will receive – police protection for water being brought to the disputed plant located in a water-stressed area. Additionally, the Pepsi beverage manufacturing plant will also receive police protection for vehicles leaving the factory with finished Pepsi products.

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PRESS: Coca-Cola Project Cancelled Due to Community Opposition

India Resource Center
Posted: April 21, 2015

Bowing to public outrage, the state government of Tamil Nadu in south India has cancelled plans for a new Coca-Cola bottling plant in Perundurai in Erode district. The cancellation of the land allotted to Coca-Cola for a Rs. 500 crore (USD 80 million) bottling plant came as the result of an extremely well-coordinated campaign led by farmers and political parties who opposed Coca-Cola’s plant because it would worsen the already existing water shortages in the area, and bring more pollution into the area.

Junk Food
PRESS: Court Restricts Junk Food in Indian Schools

India Resource Center
Posted: March 19, 2015

In a major development, the Delhi High Court has ruled that junk food – high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) – must be restricted in schools and a 50 meter radius. The restrictions on junk food are expected to cover schools all across India, and specifically restrict “Chips, fried foods; Sugar sweetened carbonated beverages; Sugar sweetened non-carbonated beverages; Ready-to-eat noodles, pizzas, burgers; Potato fries; and Confectionary items,” among others.

PRESS: Water Conditions Worsen Around Coca-Cola Plant, Declared “Over-Exploited”

India Resource Center
Posted: November 18, 2014

Government authorities in India have declared the groundwater around Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Mehdiganj as “over-exploited” – a category indicating the highest level of stress on the water resources. Over-exploited indicates more water being extracted from the aquifer than replenished – a highly unsustainable state.

PRESS: Coca-Cola Forced to Abandon $25 Million Project in India

India Resource Center
Posted: August 25, 2014

The Coca-Cola company has been forced to abandon a $25 million newly built bottling plant in Mehdiganj, Varanasi, India as the result of a sustained campaign against the company's plans.

PRESS: Coca-Cola Expansion Plans Rejected in India, Campaign Defeats Coca-Cola Ambitions

India Resource Center
Posted: August 22, 2014

Coca-Cola’s application to expand its bottling plant in Mehdiganj, Varanasi in India has been rejected by the government, according to sources close to the India Resource Center. Anticipating that the local and international campaigns had succeeded in getting the application for expansion rejected, and in order to save face, the Coca-Cola Company has written a letter to the chief secretary of the state of Uttar Pradesh and the UP Pollution Control Board in the last week stating that the company was “not to pursue the expansion” of the plant, according to sources close to India Resource Center.

PRESS: Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down in India, Authorities Cancel License

India Resource Center
Posted: June 19, 2014

Coca-Cola’s bottling plant has been shut down by state government authorities in Mehdiganj in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The closure is a major victory for the community in Mehdiganj which has actively mobilized the community and engaged with government agencies to shut down Coca-Cola’s plant. The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) ordered the plant to shut down because it found the company to be violating a number of conditions of its license.

Court Grants Stay Order on June 20 - Old Bottling Plant Can Temporarily Resume, Coca-Cola Expansion Halted, Company Under Increased Scrutiny

PRESS: Coca-Cola’s Operations Lead to “Tragedy of the Commons”

India Resource Center
Posted: February 26, 2014

A new study by Dr. Aneel Karnani, associate professor of strategy at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, has found Coca-Cola’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) claims around its bottling plant in Kala Dera in India to be lacking merit. The study concludes that Coca-Cola's operations lead to “tragedy of the commons.”

PRESS: Authorities Move to Evict Coca-Cola from Illegally Occupied Land

India Resource Center
Posted: January 22, 2014

Local authorities in Varanasi in India are preparing to evict Coca-Cola from land that the company is occupying illegally at its bottling plant in Mehdiganj. The action to evict Coca-Cola comes as the result of an order (in Hindi) that was passed by the Tehsildar, the local revenue officer, on December 16, 2013 after an investigation conducted by the authorities at the insistence of local villagers.

OPINION: PepsiCo’s Investment in India Does More Harm Than Good

India Resource Center
Posted: December 2, 2013

PepsiCo’s announcement that the company will invest another $5.5 billion in India by 2020 – to manufacture and sell more junk food to Indians – does not bode well for the long term public health of the country. More junk food is not something India can afford, nor should it encourage. For India, a growing obesity problem is sure to further burden an already overstressed and under-funded public health system in India, as well as adversely impact the quality of life of millions.

PRESS: 15 Village Councils Reject Coca-Cola Plans as Opposition Grows

India Resource Center
Posted: April 18, 2013

Fifteen village councils (panchayats) have called upon the government to reject Coca-Cola’s application for expansion because it would further worsen the water conditions in the area. They have also called for an end to Coca-Cola’s current groundwater extraction in Mehdiganj in Varanasi district in India. The fifteen village councils are located within a five kilometer radius of the Coca-Cola bottling plant and are affected by Coca-Cola’s bottling operations.

PRESS: Coca-Cola Expansion Plan Opposed in Mehdiganj, India

India Resource Center
Posted: March 7, 2013

Coca-Cola India’s plans to expand its production capacity at its bottling plant in the village of Mehdiganj in the state of Uttar Pradesh have been opposed by local community members and allies. In a letter written to the government agencies responsible for granting the license, Lok Samiti and the India Resource Center have asked the authorities to reject Coca-Cola’s application for expansion and to shut down the current operations immediately to ease the water problems in the area.

Mehdiganj: The Issues

India Resource Center
Posted: February 18, 2013

The Coca-Cola company has located one of its bottling plants in Mehdiganj, a rural and agrarian area located about 25 kms from the city of Varanasi, in east India. Coca-Cola’s bottling plant, which has been in operation since 1999, has severely damaged the groundwater resources in the area – both through over-exploitation as well as pollution of groundwater and the soil.





Updated: May 13, 2015

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