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Coke sues Swedish firm over Ukrainian imports

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Coke sues Swedish firm over Ukrainian imports
16:37 CET+01:00
US beverage giant Coca Cola is suing to stop a Swedish company from selling Ukrainian-made Coke products in Sweden.

In a suit filed in Stockholm District Court, Coca Cola is asking that Fammal AB, a beverage distributor based in Falkenberg in southwest Sweden, be prohibited from selling products under the Coke label which it claims don't meet Coke's standards for Sweden, the Hallands Nyheter newspaper reports.

According to the suit, Coke accuses Fammal of importing Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite from a manufacturer in the Ukraine which is only licenced to sell Coke products in the Ukraine.

Coke wants Fammal to stop putting Swedish labels on the Ukrainian-made beverage products and selling the products onward to Swedish wholesalers and distributors, and has asked the court to order the Fammal to pay 200,000 kronor ($28,000) in fines if it refuses to stop selling the Ukrainian-made products in Sweden.

Coke also wants Fammal to destroy any remaining supplies of imported soft drinks.

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