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• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that José Octavio Reyes, who runs Latin America for the Coca-Cola Co., “sought to debunk what he called myths and misconceptions, including that carbonated soft drinks are close to peaking,” while giving a presentation to Wall Street analysts in Florida. According to the story, “Reyes contends that carbonated soft drinks are not close to tapping out. Per capita consumption in Brazil, for example, is not as heavy as in Mexico, giving Coca-Cola some elbow room. More consumers are joining the middle class, and 40 percent of the Latin American population is under age 21.”

Bloomberg reports that Dan Heinrich, CFO at the Clorox Co., told the same group of financial analysts that the company “has considered several acquisition targets and is willing to spend as much as $500 million if the right asset were to become available. He said that the company would especially be interested “in bolt- on transactions in international markets, such as Latin America and Asia, especially laundry and household-care brands.”

• And, at the same analysts meeting, Energizer Holdings CEO Ward Klein introduced the company’s latest shaving system, the Schick Hydro, which, according to the Wall Street Journal “uses blade guards to control skin-bulging while shaving, thus reducing irritation ... A new hydrating ‘reservoir’ has aloe-infused lubrication, and once it is depleted, users will more clearly be reminded to replace the cartridge, he said. The blade also features a flip-top trimmer to more easily groom facial hair.” The new system is due out in April.

The announcement came a week after Procter & Gamble announced its new Gillette Fusion proGlide, which is scheduled to come out in June.

• The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that employees of the Kroger Co. in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, have ratified a new contract, though details of the new contract were not divulged.
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