Zong Qinghou, CEO of Wahaha said:‘The partnership between China's largest beverage company and the world's top English football club is an inspiring and huge development for Wahaha. This year is a milestone year for the company. The announcement of partnering with Manchester United represents a perfect opening paragraph in the next chapter of our history. We will continue to provide high-quality health drinks for everyone and to fulfill our commitment of ‘Win Happy Health, Wahaha is always around you.’ About Manchester United Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through our 135-year heritage we have won 60 trophies, enabling us to develop the world’s leading sports brand and a global community of 659 million followers. Our large, passionate community provides Manchester United with a worldwide platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media & mobile, broadcasting and match day. About Wahaha Wahaha was founded in 1987 by Zong Qinghou. Under the leadership of Mr. Zong, in 2011, Wahaha’s operation revenue reached RMB 67.9 billion, with an annual production capacity of more than 280 million bottles of drinks, and RMB 12.3 billion in taxes. Wahaha was listed No.69 out of the top 500 Chinese manufacturing companies and ranked No.12 in China’s private enterprises in terms of operating income. Out of every eight bottles of drink consumed in a country with a population of 13 million, one of these bottles is a Wahaha product. Wahaha owns a national technology center, whose laboratory has passed the CNAS (China National Accreditation Service). The company also owns a center for post-doctoral studies and the Zhejiang key Laboratory of Food and Biological Engineering. Wahaha successively won the “Most Respectable Chinese Enterprise” five times and has earned AAA-level Credibility by National Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Credibility Rating System several times.
Wahaha has more than 60 branch offices in the country. Wahaha’s procurement of agricultural products has reached RMB 35 billion driving the employment of 1.3 million rural labourers.Wahaha’s spending on social welfare activities has reached RMB 360 million. The “25-year-old” Wahaha relies on the scientific concept of development to write its own history.