Coca-Cola to cut 2,200 jobs globally

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Coca-Cola to cut 2,200 jobs globally

COCA-COLA. A Coca-Cola logo is seen in a restaurant in Washington, DC, on May 1, 2016.

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About 2.6% of Coca-Cola's global workforce will be affected by job cuts

Coca-Cola said on Thursday, December 17, it will cut 2,200 jobs as part of a restructuring as it prepares for a better post-pandemic market in 2021 following this year’s sales hit.

The downsizing, the latest by a large United States company amid the pandemic, will impact about 2.6% of Coca-Cola’s global workforce and will eliminate 1,200 US jobs, a company spokesman said.

The soda giant established a voluntary separation program, but “some level of involuntary reductions” also will be needed, the spokesman said.

“Our transformational work was well underway prior to the pandemic,” he said. “The pandemic was not a cause for these changes, but it has been a catalyst for the company to move faster.”

The move follows Coca-Cola’s August announcement of plans to streamline operations, slimming down to 9 units from 17 as it shuffles staff in an effort to promote its most promising brands. 

The company expects $350 million to $550 million in expenses tied to global severance programs.

Coca-Cola reported a 33% drop in 3rd quarter profits to $1.7 billion following a 9% decline in revenues to $8.7 billion.

Other large US companies also have announced sizable job cuts in recent weeks including insurer Allstate, oil giant ExxonMobil, American Airlines, and United Airlines. – Rappler.com

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