LOS ANGELES Feb 27 McDonald's Corp (MCD.N)
said on Friday it ended test sales of PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N)
bottled beverages in its eateries in a win for the hamburger
chain's fountain-drink supplier Coca-Cola Co (KO.N).
The world's biggest fast-food restaurant operator is
working to increase drink sales and for two years has been
testing a variety of different beverages in select U.S.
outlets. As part of that test, it sold PepsiCo's Mountain Dew
and Gatorade drinks.
"After a test of Pepsi products in several U.S. markets we
have decided that they will not be included in our National
Beverage Strategy," McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud said in
"We continue to work with other national and regional
beverage companies -- including Coca-Cola -- to identify a
variety of fountain and bottled beverage options that will meet
our customers' preferences for taste, value and convenience,"
"We are pleased with McDonald's decision and with our
partnership. We remain focused on delivering the best brands,
service, ideas and programs to help grow our mutual businesses
for the long term," Coca-Cola spokesman Ray Crockett said in a
A PepsiCo spokesman was not immediately available for
Shares in Coke finished down 0.5 percent at $40.85 while
PepsiCo shares lost 2.6 percent to close at $48.14.
(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein and Martinne Geller; Editing by