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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final
Order settling charges that The Coca-Cola Company’s $12.3 billion acquisition of its largest North American bottler, which also distributes Dr Pepper brand carbonated soft drinks in specific geographic markets, would have been anticompetitive. The order requires Coca-Cola to limit access to the confidential competitive business information of rival Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

The Commission vote approving the final Order was 4-0-1, with Commissioner Edith Ramirez recused. The Order can be found on the FTC’s website and as a link to this press release. (FTC File No. 101-0107; the staff contact is Jill Frumin, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2758; see press release dated September 27, 2010, at

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC’s website at and from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Call toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP.

(FYI 47.2010.wpd)

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