Tamil Nadu traders not to sell Coca Cola, Pepsi from March 1: Reports

According to data collected by Nielsen, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo control approximately 80 per cent of the soft drink market in India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2017 5:42 pm
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Seeking to push Indian brands, a section of Tamil Nadu trader organisations have reportedly asked their members to stop selling popular soft drinks and mineral water made by multinational companies from March 1 including Coca Cola and Pepsi products. According to a report in The Hindu newspaper, Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaipu President AM Vikramaraja was of the opinion that the trade associations will spend the entire month of February in educating the traders regarding the “evils” of these foreign brands. “They cause more harm than good to the body. Only recently, one of the brands had admitted to the fact that it was not suitable for children and that it contained certain harmful chemicals,” Vikramaraja said in an interview to The Hindu.

WATCH VIDEO | To Push Indian Brands, Tamil Nadu Trader Organisations To Stop Selling Coca Cola, Pepsi From March 1

A report in The News Minute earlier said that during the recent Jallikattu protests at Marina Beach, several agitators had demanded a ban on these products claiming these companies were using the state’s water bodies to manufacture aerated drinks. The head of the Tamil Nadu Traders Federation, Vellaiyan, in an interview to The News Minute, said that the trade associations do not have the authority to ban the products, so they are telling traders not to sell them. “Many reports have found that such products contain pesticides and are poisonous to one’s health. It is the government’s duty to ban these products, but since it is unwilling to do so, we decided to do it (not sell it),” Vellaiyan said. The trade associations, as per the reports, will also be asking the hotels and restaurants in the state to stop selling soft drinks made by MNCs.

According to data collected by Nielsen, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo control approximately 80 per cent of the soft drink market in India. Coca-Cola in October 2016 announced that sale of their soft drink products went down by 4 per cent in Q3 after the introduction of a range of non-fizzy healthy beverages in the market such as packaged lassi, aam panna, etc.

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  1. I
    Jan 25, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaipu President AM Vikramaraja and Vellaiyan are anti-nationals who are conspiring WITH ISI TO DERAIL THE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA OF SHRI MODIJI. Modi should uage the heads of Pepsi during his invited visit to USA and uage the Pepsi President that he will not allow anything like that to happen.
    1. G
      Jan 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm
      This should not be allowed. We may be losing the CEO post of Indra Nooyi. She is one who makes we brahmins very proud. It is because such bs exist in India and uses its market we have such EMINENT PERSONALITIES REPRESENTING OUR BRAHMIN PRIDE IN THE WORLD ARENA.
      1. H
        Hyderabad Poragadu
        Jan 25, 2017 at 11:38 am
        Is this part of a greater conspiracy to promote home grown 'Bovonto' b?
        1. J
          Jan 25, 2017 at 2:14 pm
          I came to know from my intelligence resources that a team of bRAWmins has been despatched to visit bRAWmin asked to appoint Pepsi CEO Indira Nooyi to talk to her and convince the Pepsi Management that bRAWmins will ensure that there is no ban on Pepsi in Tamil Nadu EVEN IF THAT REQUIRES THE ANNIHILATION OF ENTIRE POTION OF TAMIL NADU.
          1. J
            Jan 25, 2017 at 9:44 am
            Don't be castist.lt;br/gt;Everyone can be businessman. No one stops you.
            1. S
              Jan 25, 2017 at 3:15 pm
              Good one.pepsi and Coco cola are very harmful for our health.these mnc's are already be the reason for amitabh bachchan surgery but Amit Ji can't take any action against them because he is a actor it is the responsibility of our and our government to take action but you also know how helpful our politicians.
              1. P
                Jan 25, 2017 at 10:49 am
                Banta short film by versatile team on youtube
                1. P
                  Jan 25, 2017 at 10:48 am
                  I am one who support Indian bs and I am against foreign bs, in the interest, we made a short film on how our Indian beverages destro by foreign bs by handling unethical tactics and tricks. Here we have attached the link of the short film "BANTA".lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Pls watch Sir/madamlt;br/gt;link: umTN1vthw.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I need this to reach every Indian and make them aware of how foreign bs were dominated our indian bs and products.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Thanks,
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