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The Coca-Cola Company Reports Full-Year And Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

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For both the full year and the quarter, we grew global volume and value share in nonalcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages, with volume and value share gains across nearly every beverage category. Further, our immediate consumption volume grew a solid 5% globally in 2012, leading to transaction growth of 5%, driven by focused in-store activation efforts and cold-drink equipment expansion. In addition to increasing the total placement of our branded cold-drink equipment to more than 14 million units as of the end of 2012, our global system remains focused on innovations in cooler design, cost efficiency and effectiveness, and sustainability. We have achieved a 40% to 50% improvement in energy efficiency in new equipment placed today compared to equipment placed in 2000, and we maintain our commitment to placing HFC-free units around the world.

Worldwide sparkling beverage volume grew 3% for the full year and 1% in the quarter. This represents approximately 550 million incremental unit cases in 2012, or the equivalent of adding 13.2 billion new servings to our global business. We grew volume and value share in global core sparkling beverages for the full year and in the quarter, led by brand Coca-Cola and reflecting a balanced portfolio approach to growth in the core sparkling beverage category. Worldwide brand Coca-Cola volume grew 3% for the full year, with growth across diverse markets, including India (+33%), Thailand (+31%), Russia (+20%), the Philippines (+8%), Brazil (+3%) and Mexico (+3%). In addition, Fanta volume grew 5% and Sprite volume grew 4% for the full year, as we activated global marketing campaigns in locally relevant ways such as the Fanta Play campaign, now in nearly 200 markets, and the Sprite Uncontainable Game NBA partnership.

Worldwide still beverage volume grew 10% for the full year and 9% in the quarter, with growth across beverage categories, including packaged water, ready-to-drink tea and coffee, juices and juice drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, still beverage volume grew 8% for the full year and 7% in the quarter. We grew global volume and value share in still beverages and delivered volume and value share gains across nearly every still beverage category.

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