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Coca-Cola Foundation to Support Flood Rebuilding

The Coca-Cola system in Myanmar has actively led relief and rebuilding efforts since early-August 2015 when heavy seasonal rains and Cyclone Komen caused flooding and landslides across the country. Recently, Irial Finan, President and EVP of The Coca-Cola Company’s Bottling Investments Group, visited Myanmar and announced a US$100,000 donation to the American Red Cross by The Coca-Cola Foundation to assist with flood recovery.

“We are thankful for the generous support of Coca-Cola to the Red Cross. They provided much needed immediate relief in the form of bottled water for communities impacted by the floods. The donation of US$100,000 by The Coca-Cola Foundation to the American Red Cross is dedicated to supporting flood recovery in affected communities,” Coca-Cola Foundation to Support Flood Rebuilding said Manish A. Tewani, American Red Cross Representative to Myanmar.

Coca-Cola Myanmar, led by its local bottling partner Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar (CCPBM), has responded by providing immediate relief to flood-affected communities through its strong and engaged network of local employees, extensive distribution system and cross-sector partnerships. Coca-Cola Myanmar has also donated more than 350,000 bottles of bottled water to some of the hardest hit areas, including Bago, Sagaing, Magway, Pyay, Monyawar, Nyaung Oo, and Rakhine.

“For our CCPBM employees, Myanmar is home and they have demonstrated their commitment to the country by actively engaging in the communities helping with flood relief efforts,” said Irial Finan. “Coca-Cola is committed to supporting the Myanmar people and we hope this donation will have a positive impact on the many people across the country that have been affected by the recent floods.”

As flood response efforts moved from immediate relief to long-term rebuilding, Coca-Cola Myanmar continues to support flood-affected communities. A ‘Retailers Relief Fund’ has been set up to support small, independent retailers whose stores have been damaged by replacing coolers and stock.

The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Company’s portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, Vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle.