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Coke Wants To Own Bottlers Again – Is Past Strategy A Sign of Times To Come?

By John S. Tobey

On Thursday, Coca-Cola (KO) announced the acquisition of all North American bottling operations from Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). (Click here for Coca-Cola press release) This is an example of “vertical integration,” a growing activity among leading companies. As I wrote in December (“Message from Companies: Growth with Inflation Is Coming”), I believe vertical integration is... »

Message from Companies: Growth with Inflation Is Coming

By John S. Tobey

Leading companies necessarily need to look out many years into the future. Planning and implementing research & development projects, capital investments and corporate strategies cannot be done quickly. So, when a new trend begins, we need to take notice. A broad-based corporate activity now is vertical integration – the expansion of firms down (e.g.,... »

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