Swire Coca-Cola Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Limited, announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Coca-Cola subsidiaries with bottling businesses in Vietnam and Cambodia.
The transactions will be Swire Coca-Cola’s first investments in South East Asia, giving Swire Coca-Cola a leading position in one of the world’s fastest growing beverage markets. After closing, Swire Coca-Cola will own and operate Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Ltd., which has three bottling facilities in Vietnam and Cambodia Beverage Company Ltd., which has one bottling facility in Cambodia. Upon completion of the acquisition, Swire Coca-Cola’s franchise population will expand by 15% to 876 million people.
The bottlers are currently the number one sparkling beverage players in Vietnam and Cambodia. With young demographics, robust urbanisation trends and pre-pandemic GDP growth of over 7% per year, Vietnam and Cambodia are claimed to open up opportunities for Swire Coca-Cola.
“As a long-term strategic partner with Coca-Cola, we are delighted to be expanding our relationship through this acquisition and excited by the enormous growth potential of the non-alcoholic beverage markets in Vietnam and Cambodia, which are valued at over US$6 billion and forecast to grow at over 6% CAGR until 2036,” said Karen So, Managing Director of Swire Coca-Cola. “With our successful refranchising experience in the USA and Chinese Mainland between 2014 and 2017, I am confident that our continuous commitment to excellence will help capture the opportunities that these dynamic markets will bring. We look forward to the next exciting chapter in our history as we make our first foray into South East Asia.”