Coca-Cola Says Another Former Worker Is Detained in China

The New York Times reports:

Coca-Cola Inc. said Tuesday that a second manager who worked in the company’s Shanghai bottling plant has been detained by police on suspicion of accepting bribes or kickbacks.

The announcement came just days after Coca-Cola confirmed that a middle manager at the same facility, the Shanghai Shenmei Beverage & Food Co., was detained earlier this year in a bribery investigation.

“We can confirm that two former employees at Shanghai Shenmei Coca-Cola bottling plant have been detained by the police,” Kenth Kaerhoeg, a Coke spokesman said in a statement Tuesday. “This matter does not involve bribery of government officials but instead allegations that the former employees extracted kickbacks from suppliers and embezzled from the bottler.”

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