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Coca-Cola's Staffing Level to Plunge After Bottling Deals: Chart

Coca-Cola Co. will soon have a lot fewer employees. The beverage giant is offloading its bottling operations to focus on its core business: selling the concentrate that’s used to make drinks. The Atlanta-based company announced last week that it will accelerate the initiative, which is now due to be completed by the end of 2017. On Friday, Coca-Cola spelled out just how small its staff will be after the bottling deals are completed: More than two-thirds of its current workers will be shifted to franchised bottlers.

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