The Coca-Cola Company to Refile Hart-Scott-Rodinopre-Merger Notification

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) announced today that it has withdrawn and will refile its notification and report form filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in order to provide the FTC additional time to review the Company's proposal to acquire Coca-Cola Enterprises' (CCE) North American bottling business.

The Coca-Cola Company originally filed its required notification with the FTC on June 30. Following discussions with the U.S. competition authorities, the Company withdrew its notifications and report form on July 30 and refiled it on Aug. 2, in order to allow more time for the competition authorities to review the proposed transaction. Similarly, the withdrawal today and the planned refiling on Aug. 26 will allow the authorities additional time to review the proposed transaction. These actions are normal parts of the approval process of major proposed transactions.

Upon refiling of the notification and report form, the FTC will have a 30-day period in which to determine whether to issue a Request for Additional Information or close its investigation.

The Coca-Cola Company remains committed to working cooperatively with the FTC as the commission conducts its review of the proposed transactions and continues to expect completion of the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2010, in line with the timeline originally provided.

About The Coca-Cola Company and CCE Transaction

In February, The Coca-Cola Company and CCE announced that they entered into definitive agreements enabling the Company to acquire CCE's North American bottling business, and for CCE to acquire the Company's bottling operations in Norway and Sweden. Additionally, CCE will have the right to acquire The Coca-Cola Company's majority interest in its German bottler. At the close of the acquisition of CCE's North American bottling business, Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. will integrate four business components into a 21st-century bottling and customer service operation in both the U.S. and Canada. The four components are: (1) CCE North America; (2) CCNA Foodservice; (3) the Minute-Maid/Odwalla Juice business; and (4) CCNA Supply Chain Operations. Also, following the closing, a newly reshaped Coca-Cola North America will provide franchise leadership and consumer marketing for the Company's flagship operation. For more information about The Coca-Cola Company-CCE transaction, please access our transaction specific website at

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola(R), recognized as the world's most valuable brand, the Company's portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke(R), Fanta(R), Sprite(R), Coca-Cola Zero(R), vitaminwater(R), Powerade(R), Minute Maid(R), Simply(R) and Georgia(R). Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate of 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at

The Coca-Cola Company Forward-Looking Statements

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