CARACAS, June 13 The Venezuela division of
Coca-Cola Femsa , Latin America's largest Coke
bottler, began restarting operations at its largest plant on
Thursday following a 24-day strike that it called illegal.
The work stoppage at the plant in the central-western city
of Valencia caused sporadic shortages of products such as soft
drinks, bottled water, juices and tea in some parts of the
"We have not yet quantified the impact of the protests on
national production ... but the workers are committed to
recovering the lost hours," Corporate Affairs Director Mariana
Reuters was unable to obtain comment from the workers who
had been on strike, who were demanding higher wages.
Mexico's Coca-Cola Femsa, a joint venture of Coca-Cola Co
and Mexican company Femsa , this year
said 18 percent of its 2012 sales came from Venezuela.
The company has 34 bottling plants in Latin America.