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PepsiCo Shelves Russian Drinks Plant After Buying Wimm-Bill-Dann

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- PepsiCo Inc. shelved plans to build a $140 million drinks plant in Russia after acquiring local dairy and juice producer OAO Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods in 2011, the company said today in an e-mailed statement.

The company announced it would build the plant in Rostov region, southern Russia, in 2010. The plan was “delayed indefinitely” after PepsiCo bought Will-Bill-Dann, becoming Russia’s largest food and beverage producer, spokesman Sergey Glushkov said in the statement.

After the acquisition, PepsiCo has 40 production units in Russia and ex-Soviet states and needs to develop them, Glushkov said. The company plans to invest “several hundreds of millions of dollars” to develop in Russia, Zein Abdalla, then-chief executive officer for PepsiCo Europe, said last year. Abdalla became president of PepsiCo in September.

PepsiCo acquired 66 percent of Wimm-Bill-Dann in 2011 for $3.8 billion from Russian controlling owners and then bought out minorities.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ilya Khrennikov in Moscow at ikhrennikov@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net

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