May 14, 2003
Parallel import of Coca-Cola?

Does anyone know what the deal is? Several of the major sandwich outlets downtown London seems to have shunned the local distribution chain of the Coca-Cola family of products. Some sell German Coke bottles with an English-text sticker on, some, including Benjys, sell the following bottles (also with a UK sticker applied):

Foreign Diet Coke bottle

Does someone know where those bottles are imported from? (if anyone can identify the language of the characters below; that might give us a clue?)

Foreign Diet Coke bottle text

I suspect there are some kind of savings at play here, but at what cost? Can bulk purchases of bottles from Country X plus transport to UK (not the easiest country to ship stuff to) still be cheaper than just manufacturing the goods on the island? What is the cost to the environment shipping tons of drinks half-way around the globe?

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Could it also be an ingredients issue? Coke in the US is usually made with corn syrup. Some folks prefer cane sugar and will pay extra for Coke brought in from Mexico!

Gray-market coca-cola, wow.
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=gray+market&r=67

Posted by: Anita Rowland on May 14, 2003 09:28 PM

The letters are Georgian - the Georgia in the Caucasus, that is.

I'll transcribe it for you if you want...

/jonas

Posted by: Jonas on May 14, 2003 10:51 PM

Thanks for solving that!
It would be most kind of you to transcribe (just because I'm a curious fellow ;-)

Posted by: Anders on May 14, 2003 11:36 PM

Hmm, something like this:

Damzadebulia ushakrod
Maziani gamagrilebeli sasgeli

(a bit hard to see the smallest letters)

What it means? No idea - i'll have to dig out a georgian dictionary....

Posted by: Jonas on May 15, 2003 12:19 AM

Up here in Edinburgh there are a few corner shops that regularly stock German-label Coca Cola Light. Apart from the environmental concerns you raise, I usually prefer to buy the imported variety, as it tastes better. It seems to be less bitter than the British kind, and has less of the artificial-diet-drink aftertaste.

Posted by: Martin Sutherland on May 15, 2003 09:53 PM

Quite simply, the major international brands price their products at a higher level in the UK than most other countries. For example Coca Cola sell a case of 24 cans at £4.50 to the cash and carry's and this is after they reach their prescribed target of truckloads in the month. They initially pay £4.95. In Germany you can purchase a case of 24 for €5.00(£3.57) for export. The transport would only add another 35p to the cost per case, so you can see the saving. This saving is then passed down the distribution channels and in the end benefits the consumer who pays less for the same product. Another example of Rip-off Britain!!

Most grey market imports are from west europe, so hardly half way around the world. Georgia is now the only exception and this is restricted to 50cl and 1.5L coke products.

Hope this helps

Posted by: Sunzi on May 22, 2003 12:42 AM

What is so bad about transnational trade (grey or white)? I thought in European Union there was free movement of goods? As for the Imports, what about the free trade in the world? If consummers prefer imported products, that´s ok. All money goes finally to Atlanta, or not?

Posted by: Fred on June 17, 2003 04:03 PM

What is so bad about transnational trade (grey or white)? I thought in European Union there was free movement of goods? As for the Imports, what about the free trade in the world? If consummers prefer imported products, that´s ok. All money goes finally to Atlanta, or not?

Posted by: Fred on June 17, 2003 04:03 PM


We are looking for Coca Cola 330ml in Can, can you supply us the same?

Requirement is 30 x 20' FCL

[1] Origin of the product - Any
[2] Text / Label on the product -Any
[3] Barcode
[4] Cases / 20' FCL - Considering 24 Cans per Case
[5] Cases / 40' FCL - Considering 24 Cans per Case
As we want to fit maximum number of cases we don't require palatization, we need loose load.
[6] Expiry Date or Manufacturing Date
[7] Ingredients are mentioned on the product or not
[8] Require the photos showing the front side and back side of the product
[9] Stock Availability
[10] Target Price - USD 3.20 / Tray CNF Jordan, CNF Kuwait
[11] Your references in UAE or any part of the world
[12] Certification your organization have like ISO
[13] Payment will be via L/C at sight only.
[14] Before purchase we would like to check the physical stock its our regular practice.


Only serious supplier who can show the physical stock can contact - otherwise you will be wasting your time.

Regards,

Sameer Vyavahare
Thrilec International - India
Cell: +91-9820667649
Tel: +91-22-25446528
Fax: +91-22-24308353
Email: sameer0205@yahoo.com

Posted by: on October 29, 2003 02:39 PM

this price must be a joke or a puzzle
but the usual price is 5.5 $cif theses country
if you want to nake this deal in serious . call me or send mail . our origion is egypt

adel reda
oo2o12 7783 611
abso5253@hotmail.com

Posted by: adel reda on March 28, 2004 01:12 PM

Looking to purchase coca cola cans and sprite, 7up, fanta etc soft drinks in big quantities ideally from europe - in english or other language stickers

Anyone out there who can help?

We import almost anything into uk - pass your info to omar3786@hotmail.com with info

Posted by: omar on May 11, 2004 07:26 PM

looking for importing coca cola cans 330ml into uk

Posted by: sunny on October 5, 2004 12:44 AM

The letters are Georgian and it means
"made without shuger sparkling refreshing drink"
injoy the best coca-coala in the world

Posted by: Mac Macer on January 11, 2005 12:51 PM

We are looking for Coca Cola/Sprite/Fanta/Light Coke/Diet Coke 330ml in Can, can you supply us the same?
Requirement is 1 x 20' FCL monthly minimum
[1] Origin of the product - Any
[2] Text / Label on the product –Preferably English/some part
[3] Barcode
[4] 2250 Cases / 20' FCL - Considering 24 Cans per Case
[5] Expiry Date or Manufacturing Date
[6] Regular Coke criterions eg. Ingredients etc should. Be mentioned
[7] Better if images shoeing front & back of the product are availble
[8] Stock Availability for monthly requirement
[9] Target Price - USD 5.00 / Case CNF Calcutta/Haldia
[10] Payment termas and mode are negiotiable
[11] Prior to shipment, a physical check would be done.

Serious supplier-long term required

Regards,

Ganesh Shrestha
Allied Continental Pvt.Ltd
Kathmandu.Nepal
info@alliednepal.com

Posted by: Ganesh on February 16, 2005 09:09 AM

>>>>> I suspect there are some kind of savings at play here, but at what cost? Can bulk purchases of bottles from Country X plus transport to UK (not the easiest country to ship stuff to) still be cheaper than just manufacturing the goods on the island? What is the cost to the environment shipping tons of drinks half-way around the globe?


****** My comments: There is a MISSING TRADER in between.
The importer charges VAT but does NOT transfer it to HMCE. The product is artificially cheaper. If you buy the product out of UK + Transport + VAT, price is higher than the UK product. Also the taste is different!! JUST BUY UK MADE PRODUCTS!!! By buying cheap imported products, you just contribute to the BLACK MARKET economy!!

Posted by: George on March 4, 2005 03:17 PM

i am in the market for 330 ml cans of soft drinks as well ans 500ml bottles as well as 2 ltr bottles.

only container loads required. i have an monthly demand of approx 50 containners. of which i am fulfilling only 40%.
so if there are any stockists out there be in touch.

thanks
ace

Posted by: ace on June 15, 2005 06:28 PM

Could someone list the ingredence of coke in the UK? Thank you

Posted by: Tony on August 10, 2005 01:34 AM

Could someone list the ingredience of coke in the UK? Thank you

Posted by: Tony on August 10, 2005 01:34 AM

I am in dire need of the prices for coca cola from 1990 to now...I would very much appreciate an easily read graph or archive that tells me the prices.
Thank You Very Much...
Please Email me at kanekenney@yahoo.com

Posted by: Reid O'Brien on October 12, 2005 04:19 PM

We are looking for Diet Coke 330ml in Can, can you supply us the same?
Requirement is
[1] Origin of the product - Any
[2] Text / Label on the product –English
[3] Barcode
[4] 200 Cases - Considering 24 Cans per Case
[5] Expiry Date or Manufacturing Date
[6] Regular Coke criterions eg. Ingredients etc should. Be mentioned
[7] Better if images shoeing front & back of the product are availble
[8] Payment terms and mode are negiotiable
[9] Prior to shipment, a physical check would be done.
[10]CIF MOMBASSA, KENYA

Serious supplier-long term required

Regards,

Yonatan T.

Posted by: Yonatan Tesfay on February 4, 2006 07:25 AM
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