Coca Cola plans job cuts during Covid-19 economic slowdown

The company is to offer voluntary separation to 4,000 workers

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Coca-Cola bottles are seen on display at  the 2015 American Music Awards Pre Party with Coca-Cola at the Conga Room on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for CSE)
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Coca-Cola said on Friday it would nearly halve its operating units and offer voluntary separation to 4,000 workers including in the US, as the world's largest beverage maker battles a hit to sales from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company said it would have nine operating units that would sit under four geographical segments, along with global ventures and bottling investment divisions, compared with its current model that includes 17 business units.

The voluntary separation packages would also be offered to employees in Canada and Puerto Rico. The company will also cut jobs, but did not provide details on the total planned workforce reduction.

The company said it would incur about $350 million (Dh1.2 billion) to $550m in severance expenses.

The Minute Maid and Fanta maker last month reported a 28 per cent slump in sales in the "most challenging" quarter of the year due to coronavirus-triggered closures of restaurants, theatres and sports venues.