PEPSI GROWS POTATOES IN CHINA
After entering China in 1982, Pepsi continued to do well in the country, offering a wider range of products than its arch-rival, Coca-Cola. Pepsi’s potato chip business was successful despite competition from other multinational rivals and Chinese domestic brands. As its potato chips became more successful, however, the problem of how to secure a supply of quality potatoes also grew. In the North American market, Pepsi relied on external suppliers for its potatoes. But in China, it ran into problems sourcing locally as well as asking its US supplier to grow potatoes on its behalf in China. The matter was further complicated by the fact that the Chinese government …show more content…
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Pepsi Grows Potatoes in China
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