Coca-Cola seeks 50 percent stake in Japan bottler
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese soy sauce maker Kikkoman Corp (2801.T) said on Monday U.S. drinks maker Coca-Cola Co (KO.N) was seeking a 50 percent stake in an unlisted Kikkoman subsidiary, Tone Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Coca-Cola aimed to acquire the stake by the end of March and will start talks with Kikkoman, which holds a 50 percent stake, and other shareholders on price, the two companies said in a joint statement.
A Kikkoman spokesman said it has yet to be determined whether or how much of its stake it would sell to Coca-Cola.
Tone Coca-Cola, based in Chiba, on the outskirts of Tokyo, manufactures and sells Coca-Cola brand soft drinks in Chiba and nearby areas outside of Tokyo.
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