Coca-Cola International, a global nonalcoholic beverage bottling company operating in the country, has announced plans for the expansion of its production by adding new varieties to its many products on the local market as well as expanding its production capacity.Coca-Cola’s vice president and, Alexander B. Cummings, who led a high-level delegation to Liberia last Friday, informed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that his company, having operated in Liberia for over 50 years, was pleased to announce an expansion of its production by adding pure water and canned juice components to its product lines.Coca-Cola International is an American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer, retailer and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups. The company has its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. It is best known for its flagship product Coca-Cola, invented in 1886 by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in Columbus, Georgia.The company’s vice president, who is a Liberian national, made the disclosure about the pending expansion on Friday September 26, when he and his delegation paid a courtesy call on President Sirleaf at her Foreign Affairs office in Monrovia.He used the occasion to reaffirm the company’s commitment to further invest in Liberia as its contribution to post-war reconstruction, terming its partnership as not just “a fair weather” partner.“The expansion,” Mr. Cummings disclosed, “is a result of the conducive investment climate and the long standing partnership between Coca-Cola and Liberia, which will further provide additional job opportunities for the country,” an Executive Mansion press release quotes Mr. Cummings as saying.The new products, particularly Bonaqua mineral water, Mr. Cummings indicated, is expected to come online by March 2015. He said the equipment for the company’s expansion will begin arriving in the country this month, October, 2014.Mr. Cummings stressed that the production of the Bonaqua mineral water will eventually lead to the production of canned juices in Liberia.On behalf of the company’s chief executive officer, Muhtar Kent, Mr. Cummings extended best wishes to President Sirleaf as she fights Ebola and expressed deepest sadness as he watches and listens to news on how Ebola is claiming the lives of thousands in the sub-region including Liberia.Mr. Cummings quoted Mr. Kent as saying that he has committed his company to closely working with President Sirleaf and her Mano River Union counterparts to fight the Ebola outbreak.Responding, President Sirleaf said Liberia was pleased by the announcement of the expansion as it demonstrates the company’s confidence in Liberia’s investment climate. She assured the delegation of government’s openness to seeing more investment in Liberia while also expressing optimism that direct foreign investment turns to job creation and infrastructure development.Meanwhile, Coca-Cola has joined the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country with a large donation including several assorted medical items to the National Task Force (NTF) on Ebola. Mr. Cummings promised to continue its assistance until a total eradication is reported.The Coca-Cola vice president said items donated included a 40-foot container of medical supplies, 50,000 cases of Bonaqua mineral water.Other items donated by the company included 30 infrared thermometers to twenty hospitals, and300 hand washing kits to communities surrounding its production site in Paynesville. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
John Isner pushed on towards a Tour finals spot on Friday when he made it through to the semi-finals of the Paris Masters with a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 win against Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro as the tournament was hit by the withdrawal of Rafa Nadal.The American, last year’s runner-up, needs to win the tournament if he is to clinch the final berth in the season-ending event at the O2 in London from Nov. 12-19.Del Potro would have claimed it if he had won, but the ninth seeded Isner was more consistent as he set up a meeting with Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic, who advanced after world number one Nadal withdrew injured.Nadal told a news conference that he was suffering from a right knee problem, leaving his participation in the season-ending Tour finals in the balance and robbing fans in Paris of the tournament’s prime attraction.The home support had something to cheer, however, when wildcard Julien Benneteau defeated third seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6(5) 7-5 to advance to the last four.He will face either American Jack Sock or Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.While the top seeds have been paying the price of a demanding season, Isner has looked fresh and despite allowing Del Potro to level for one-set all with a double fault on set point, the American was a cut above his opponent.”I definitely wasn’t preparing to play Rafa (in the following round), today, it was all about Del Potro,” he said.”You would think Rafa, if he took the court would be the favourite in that match. But I think it just goes to show how physical tennis is, especially with someone like Rafa who’s played a lot this year. I don’t know what’s going through his head, but I can’t control that.advertisement”So whether I was playing Rafa or Filip tomorrow, it’s going to be a pretty similar game plan for me. So that’s what I’m focusing on.”Benneteau was also the fresher player when he faced Cilic and played the important points far better than his opponent.Cilic double faulted to hand the opening set to Benneteau and the Frenchman played the closing stages of the second perfectly, wrapping up the match with a superb forehand winner down the line on the Croatian’s serve.
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