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Coke spends on technology and infrastructure in China

As the deadline for Coke's proposed $2.4 billion takeover of Huiyuan Juice draws closer, the US beverage company pumps money into China.

The Coca-Cola Company opened a $90 million innovation and technology centre in Shanghai on Friday. The company also announced that it will pump a further $2 billion into China over the next three years. The news comes just weeks before the deadline for the completion of Coke's proposed takeover of domestic drinks company Huiyuan Juice.

The new research centre, Coke's largest in Asia, will look at developing new products suitable for Chinese tastes -- where drinks like juices and teas are preferred over Coke's traditional mainstay, carbonated beverages.

The $2 billion of further investment will be spent on new plants and distribution infrastructure, sales and marketing, and research and development. The investment announced is greater...

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