#BoycottCocaCola was trending on Friday after the Kyiv Independent reported that Coca-Cola will continue operations in Russia despite the country’s invasion of Ukraine:
The Russian-state-owned Tass news agency is reporting this as well:
— Steven Chase (@stevenchase) March 4, 2022
“All operational, production, and logistics facilities of Coca-Cola in Russia are working. We are fully responsible to partners, society, and thousands of our employees in Russia. Our top priority is the safety of our employees,” the company said.
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company AG (Coca-Cola HBC) is the leading beverage production and distribution company for the Coca-Cola Company in Europe and part of the Coca-Cola system. Coca-Cola HBC AG operates in 28 countries and serves a population of 595 million. Coca-Cola HBC Russia owns 10 plants for the production of soft drinks and juices in Moscow and the Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Rostov region, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk and Vladivostok.
— Ukraine / Україна (@Ukraine) March 4, 2022
So far, we haven’t seen a single response from Coca-Cola on any of these tweets:
Can you stop drinking Coca Cola please. They are refusing to withdraw from Russia. Let’s show them some people power.
— Deborah Meaden 🇺🇦 (@DeborahMeaden) March 4, 2022
Some supermarkets in Ukraine have reportedly stopped selling Coke products in response:
⚡️Three Ukrainian supermarket chains – Silpo, Novus, and Varus – stop selling Coca-Cola products as the company continues to operate in Russia.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 4, 2022
And others are pointing out how cowardly it is of Coca-Cola to stay silent, especially considering how vocal they were about Georgia:
Coca Cola couldn't wait to weigh in on Georgia's election law … but now won't talk about their business in Russia. We do know this much: Coke’s bottler in Russia announced no change in its roughly 7,000-employee operations. So, Coke, spare us your woke outrage here in the US.
— Bernard Goldberg (@BernardGoldberg) March 4, 2022
“The hypocrisy of Coca-Cola,” via Erick Erickson:
The hypocrisy of Coca-Cola. pic.twitter.com/opLwmzNsv9
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) March 4, 2022
Coke is going to need a new song if this keeps up:
— F Eckersall🇺🇦 (@HerFaithness) March 4, 2022