According to Coca-Cola's most recent annual report [PDF], between 1998 and 2008, global consumption of Coca-Cola beverages rose from sixty-five servings per capita to eighty-five. In Canada, however, consumption remained flat.
Many health officials around the world believe that Coca-Cola's market gains in the last decade are partially responsible for the growing obesity epidemic [PDF]. Coca-Cola refutes this claim and has run numerous counter ads highlighting the company's low calorie drinks and sports promotions.
The Coca-Cola consumption map originally came from a 1997 issue of The Economist. Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan's blog.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
By Stephen M.