NEW YORK (AP) - Consumers have been giving Coca-Cola Classic a
mixed reception since it has returned to groceries after sharp
criticism of Coca-Cola Co.'s new Coke, according to a spot check of
supermarkets across the nation.
Coca-Cola said that sales figures were unavailable at this early
stage. Coca-Cola Classic should be sold nationwide by the end of the
""The first week, we sold them real well because everybody wanted
to try them. They're really not going well right now,'' said Julius
Milton, manager of the A&P supermarket at West End Mall in Atlanta,
He said some customers had complained about the taste of Classic
Coke. ""They think it's different. It tastes like a different
sweetener or something,'' he said.
Carlton Curtis, a spokesman for Coca-Cola, said: ""The Coca-Cola
Company guarantees that Coca-Cola Classic is the original formula for
The Washington-based Sugar Association, meanwhile, began a
newspaper ad campaign Wednesday claiming that Classic Coke is not
""The Real Thing'' because it is sweetened with corn syrup instead of
However, Coca-Cola and other soft drink companies began switching
from sugar to corn syrup several years ago.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The recent slowdown in the nation's economic
growth stems mostly from a gap in U.S. foreign trade, the National
Association of Manufacturers says.
Had the United States done better on world markets, its growth
rate since mid-1984 would be 4.9 percent instead of the actual 2.2
percent, the association said.
It noted that sales of U.S. manufacturers abroad last year were
$11 billion less than in 1981, while imports had risen $51 billion.
Lawrence A. Fox, NAM's vice president for international economic
affairs, said the high value of the dollar accounts for about half
Fox outlined a trade strategy for the United States that would
include a policy on exchange rates to make U.S. products more
competitive, elimination of barriers to exports such as U.S.
licensing restrictions on high-technology goods sent to allied
countries and more subsidies for exports.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Acquisitions and mergers, whether friendly or
not, are presenting outside directors with a complex and sometimes
troubling range of problems and choices, a new report by abusiness
research concern says.
The report, released Wednesday, distills the views of 30
unidentified corporate directors, chief executives and others who
have had experience with corporate marriages. …