Pepsi Tingyi

Pepsi strikes China deal with Tingyi

Pepsi swaps its China bottling business for a stake in Tingyi-Asahi Beverages as it aims to consolidate its position in what will soon be the world's biggest beverage market.
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Tingyi's Master Kong ice tea and Pepsi share shelf space in a supermarket in Shanghai (AFP)
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<div style="text-align: left;"> Tingyi's Master Kong ice tea and Pepsi share shelf space in a supermarket in Shanghai (AFP) </div>

Pepsi is swapping its bottling operations in China for a 5% stake in Tingyi-Asahi Beverages Holding Company, as well as an option to buy another 15% by 2015. Tingyi-Asahi Beverages has been valued at around $15 billion for the purposes of the deal.

The deal, which sees no cash change hands, comprises 24 bottlers Pepsi currently owns in China. It does not include Pepsi’s bottlers in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Tingyi-Asahi Beverages will become Pepsi’s anchor bottler in China, responsible for distribution and sales of Pepsi’s beverage brands, including Pepsi Cola, Mirinda and 7 Up, as well as its non-carbonated beverage brands such as Gatorade and Tropicana. Pepsi, which...

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