We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Israel and in Gaza and its severe impact on communities in the region. We’ve heard some individuals calling for a boycott of Coca-Cola on the back of false information and rumours circulating on social media and a lack of understanding of our presence in and commitment to the Middle East. Like everyone of good will, we want to see peace in the Middle East and everywhere else.

We wish to stress that while Coca-Cola is a global brand, all our bottling operations are local. Coca-Cola is made here in Malaysia, for Malaysians, by Malaysians so the very first people to be hurt by boycott calls are our local employees, followed by the thousands of retailers, distributors and suppliers throughout our supply chain in Malaysia who rely upon on us for their livelihoods.

The Coca-Cola Company operates in more than 200 countries and territories across the globe with different political systems, religions and histories. We operate across 14 markets in the Middle East and another six in North Africa. In fact Coca-Cola and our local bottler NBC, have a long-standing commitment to the Palestinian market, having begun production in 1998 and we are today one of the largest employers in the territories.

In Malaysia, our heritage goes back more than 85 years and we have always had and will continue our strong commitment to giving back to the community. Our business is refreshment for everyone. We do not support or oppose religious causes or favor one country over another anywhere in the world.

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About Coca-Cola in Malaysia

In addition to Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable brands, the Coca-Cola system in Malaysia manufactures, markets and distributes over 80 products including sparkling beverages (Fanta, A&W, Schweppes), low and zero-calorie sparkling beverages (Coca-Cola Light, Coca-Cola Tanpa Kalori), juice drinks (Minute Maid Pulpy, Minute Maid Refresh, Minute Maid Qoo), teas (Heaven and Earth, Authentic Tea House), and water (Glaceau Vitaminwater, Dasani).

Coca-Cola has been in Malaya since 1936, for Malaysians serving over 200,000 customers across Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia. Through its programmes and partnerships, Coca-Cola Malaysia aims to make a lasting positive difference in the local community.

From recycling through partnerships with the Malaysian Nature Society, Global Environment Centre, Reef Check, MareCet, Waste Management Association of Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia; and working on water projects with Muslim Aid Malaysia and Raleigh International to provide access to clean water for more than 23,000 villagers in rural Sabah, to economically empowering women through the Coca-Cola KU entrepreneurship programmes – Coca-Cola is committed to building sustainable communities in Malaysia.