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PRESS: Indian Court Stops Water to Coke, Pepsi Plants

India Resource Center
Posted: December 1, 2016

In a major development, an Indian High Court has ordered that water from the river Tamirabarani in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu must not be diverted to Coca-Cola and Pepsi producing plants in Gangaikondan due to the severe water shortages in the area. The court order came as the result of a public interest litigation filed by FEDCOT, a statewide consumer organization, which had sought to stop the use of river water for production of Coca-Cola and Pepsi product because water scarcity has diminished both drinking water as well as water for irrigation in the area.

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PRESS: Coca-Cola’s Second Largest Plant Shuts Production in India

India Resource Center
Posted: August 18, 2016

Coca-Cola’s second largest bottling plant in India has shut production due to pollution violations, the India Resource Center can confirm after a visit to the plant yesterday. The bottling plant in Hapur has been under scrutiny by the National Green Tribunal – India’s Green Court – since 2015, and a number of inspections by government regulators have found the plant to be flouting environmental laws in India, and also operating without valid licenses, or No Objection Certificate (NOC).



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PRESS: Global Support for Sin Tax on Sugary Drinks in India

India Resource Center
Posted: April 14, 2016

Medical professionals from the US, UK, India, Brazil and Mexico have released a statement in support of a sin tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in India. The statement, which has been mailed to key Members of Parliament and ministries in India this week, notes that a changing Indian diet is leading to an alarming increase in rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases in India.



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PRESS: 20% of Coca-Cola Company Owned Plants Closed in India

India Resource Center
Posted: March 21, 2016

In continued troubles for the Coca-Cola company in India, a press release issued March 17, 2016 indicated that the company has stopped production in another two bottling plants in India – in addition to the three bottling plants that were shut down earlier this year.



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PRESS: Disputed Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down in Kala Dera, India

India Resource Center
Posted: February 10, 2016

The Coca-Cola company has stopped production at its controversial bottling plant in Kala Dera in Jaipur, and has no plans to resume operations. Groundwater levels have plummeted ever since Coca-Cola began operations in 2000, and the increased difficulty in accessing groundwater from the depleted aquifer is one of the main reasons for the plant’s closure.

Statement on Coca-Cola India Calling Kala Dera Closure “Rumours”



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PRESS: Move to Tax Sugar Beverages in India Welcomed by Public Health Advocates

India Resource Center
Posted: December 8, 2015

A proposal to tax sugar sweetened beverages like tobacco in India is being welcomed by public health advocates. Taxation to reduce consumption of tobacco has been successful when used alongside measures such as public education and restrictions on advertising and marketing to children, and stronger labeling laws.



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PRESS: Stop Water for Coca-Cola: 18 Village Councils in India

India Resource Center
Posted: November 26, 2015

Eighteen village councils (panchayats) in the immediate vicinity of the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Mehdiganj in Varanasi district in India have come together to demand that the groundwater used by Coca-Cola be stopped immediately due to the growing water crisis in the area.



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PRESS: New Groundwater Rules to Impact Coca-Cola, Pepsi

India Resource Center
Posted: November 16, 2015

The India Resource Center welcomes new guidelines by the government of India which strengthen regulations governing use of groundwater by industries in India. The new guidelines are significant because they will apply to industries using groundwater regardless of when the industry was established. The latest guidelines could put an end to the excessive and destructive groundwater usage by industries that were “grandfathered in” under the last guidelines.



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PRESS: Coca-Cola’s Water Replenishment Claims Mislead

India Resource Center
Posted: August 25, 2015

As campaigners that have closely scrutinized Coca-Cola’s operations in India for over a decade, we find Coca-Cola’s assertions on balancing water use to be misleading. The company’s track record of managing water resources in and around its bottling operations is dismal, and the announcement is a public relations exercise designed to manufacture an image of a company that uses water sustainably – far removed from the reality on the ground.



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PRESS: Norway Oil Fund Asked to Divest Coca-Cola Shares

India Resource Center
Posted: July 1, 2015

Activists from India and Norway are calling on Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global – the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund – to exclude the Coca-Cola company from its investment portfolio because of the company’s irresponsible water management practices in India. FIVAS from Norway has produced a report – Dead in the Water – that highlights Coca-Cola’s water mismanagement in India.



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PRESS: Doubts on Coke’s Water Numbers, Court Orders Verification

India Resource Center
Posted: June 4, 2015

Coca-Cola’s claims on their water management at their disputed bottling plant in Varanasi, India are now under investigation by the court and the government. Coca-Cola claims that it has recharged almost three times the amount of groundwater than it extracts at its bottling plant in the village of Mehdiganj. The claim is difficult to believe given the company’s dismal track record on managing water resources in India.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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



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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.”



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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: December 1, 2016

PRESS: Indian Court Stops Water to Coke, Pepsi Plants

Court Fines Government Regulator for Delaying Documents on Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola Shuts India Plant Over Pollution Violations

PRESS: Coca-Cola’s Second Largest Plant Shuts Production in India

PRESS: Global Support for Sin Tax on Sugary Drinks in India

PRESS: 20% of Coca-Cola Company Owned Plants Closed in India

PRESS: Disputed Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down in Kala Dera, India

Coke Suspends Bottling at Plant at Center of Water Dispute

Coca-Cola Closes Plant in India

Coca-Cola Bottling Unit Stops Production in Jaipur

Hindustan Coca-Cola Shuts Down Jaipur Plant

El Mal Trago de Coca-Cola en India

PRESS: Move to Tax Sugar Beverages in India Welcomed by Public Health Advocates

Varanasi Villagers Blame Coca-Cola for Water Scarcity

PRESS: Stop Water for Coca-Cola: 18 Village Councils in India

New Groundwater Usage Guidelines May Hit Industries

Resource Panel Lauds New Laws on Industrial Use of Groundwater

PRESS: New Groundwater Rules to Impact Coca-Cola, Pepsi

PRESS: Coca-Cola’s Water Replenishment Claims Mislead

Government Panel Recommends Junk Food Ban Within 200 Meters of Schools

Kerala Government Calls Moves on Coca-Cola Bill 'Unconstitutional'

PRESS: Norway Oil Fund Asked to Divest Coca-Cola Shares

Ex-Food Regulators Claim Corruption in Regulatory Body

PRESS: Doubts on Coke’s Water Numbers, Court Orders Verification

PRESS: Pepsi Plant Receives Police Protection to Bring in Water

Protest Over Plan to Supply Drinking Water to Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola's Water Demand in Andhra Pradesh Opposed

Gov't Restricts Water to Coca-Cola to Ease Water Shortages in Wada

PRESS: Coca-Cola Project Cancelled Due to Community Opposition

Coca-Cola Forced to Abandon India Bottling Plant Plans

Government Moves to Cancel Land Allotment for New Coca-Cola Plant

Veloor Swaminathan is No More - Indigenous Campaigner Against Coca-Cola in Plachimada Passes Away

PRESS: Restrict Junk Food in Indian Schools – High Court

Farmers Not Interested in Coca-Cola Explanation

Shops Down Shutters to Protest Proposed Coca-Cola Plant

Coca-Cola Offices in Mexico Attacked by Protesters with Gasoline Bombs

Gates Foundation Ditches McDonald’s, Coca-Cola in Fourth Quarter

Protest Against Beverage Company at Perundurai

Authorities Seal Pepsi Bottler's Groundwater Source in Trichy

Villagers Protest Pepsi Bottling Plant,47 Arrested

Resentment Brews in Plachimada Over Centre’s Directive

PRESS: Campaign Hurts Coca-Cola Profits in India, Company Misleads Regulators, Investors

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

Mehdiganj - The Issues

Farmers Fight Coca-Cola as India’s Groundwater Dries Up

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

Coca-Cola Cancels Expansion of Varanasi Bottling Plant

Coca-Cola Stalls Expansion at Varanasi Due to Protests, Delay in Approval

Coke Shelves Plant Expansion in Varanasi, India

PRESS:Coca-Cola Expansion Rejected in Mehdiganj, India

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

India Orders Closure of Coke Plant in Varanasi

Pollution Control Board Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant in Varanasi

Coca-Cola Factory Ordered Closed in Mehdiganj, Company Seeks Legal Recourse

Return Land Allocated for Coca-Cola in Uttarakhand to Panchayat - High Court

Coca-Cola Accused in Water Extraction Case in Indonesia

Soda Sales in US Decline at Faster Pace - At Lowest Level Since 1995

Water Shortages Pose Growing Risk for American Companies

Coca-Cola's Rajasthan Plant CSR Claims Lack Merit: Study

Coca-Cola Profit Slips as U.S. Soda Sales Drop

Coca-Cola Indonesia Being Investigated for Illegal Water Usage

Coke Bottles Go Unfilled in Central India

Kerala Government Hopes to Get Approval for Plachimada Tribunal Bill

La India Puede Demoler la Planta 'Ilegal' de Coca-Cola que Contaminó una Aldea

Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

Indian Authorities Vow to Demolish Coke Plant

Coca-Cola’s CSR Plans Lack Fizz

At Kaladera Farmers Battle Beverage Giant

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

Tax Beverages in India to Curb Rising Obesity and Diabetes, Study Suggests

Coca Cola Yet to Return Panchayat Land, Say Mehdiganj Villagers

Coca-Cola Asked to Return Land to Gram Panchayat

Opinion: PepsiCo’s Investment Does More Harm Than Good

India Should Limit Foreign Investment in Junk Food

Villagers Throw Cold Water on Coca-Cola Plans

Cola Plant ‘Drinks Up’ Groundwater in UP

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

Mehdiganj - The Issues

National Green Tribunal Orders Shutting of 34 Drinking Water Plants

Coca-Cola Syrup Plant May Have Violated Atlanta Laws

Doctors Demand Soft Drinks Tax and Healthier Hospital Food to Tackle Obesity

Tribunal Orders Closure of Polluting Industries in Ghaziabad

Industry, Including Coca-Cola, Pulled up for Pollution of Rivers

Assembly Panel for Keeping Tabs on PepsiCo Water Use

68% Favor Government Regulation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in NEJM Poll

Chinese Authorities Shut Down Coca-Cola Plant in Shanxi

How Washington Went Soft on Childhood Obesity - Special Report

Heavy Metals in Coca-Cola Plant Effluent

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