It looks like the President and many others are going to be in need of Diet Coke fixes in the near future. According to reports, the majority of Diet Coke ingredients are made in China, which is shut down in many areas due to the CoronaVirus.
The deadly coronavirus has health professionals around the globe on high alert. Now the disease is also causing problems for one of the world’s largest beverage producers.
This week, The Coca-Cola Co. announced that it is experiencing both production and export issues of Diet Coke, and other low-calorie drinks, from China, which has been ground zero for the outbreak.
On Monday, Coca-Cola warned investors that its supply chain for an artificial sweetener and “certain other ingredients” sourced in China had been disrupted as a result of the outbreak, which has now killed more than 2,000 people around the world.
Coca-Cola did not specify the exact ingredients that have been affected, however, the annual report stated that sucralose, better known as Splenda, is a key Diet Coke ingredient the company currently sources in both China and the U.S.
“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,” the report said. “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.”
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