Mon., October 4, 2010 8:47am (EDT)

Coke Finalizes Sale With Bottler
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Coca-Cola has completed its $3.4 billion buyout of the North American operations of its largest bottler. (photo-Rrr12)
Coca-Cola has completed its $3.4 billion buyout of the North American operations of its largest bottler. (photo-Rrr12)
Coca-Cola has completed its $3.4 billion buyout of the North American operations of its largest bottler.

The world's largest soft drink maker said Sunday it has closed the deal for the domestic unit of Coca-Cola Enterprises.

The bottler's shareholders approved the deal on Friday. Earlier in the week regulators approved the sale with conditions, namely that Coca-Cola restrict its access to business information from rival Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Some of Dr Pepper's drinks are bottled by Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Coca-Cola announced the deal in February, just after PepsiCo Inc. made a similar move. Coca-Cola's deal includes assuming $8.8 billion in debt.

Soft drink makers want more control over distribution as they deal with changing consumer tastes.