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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and ABF criticised for 'land grab'

Date: 4 Oct 2013

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Campaigning NGO Oxfam has highlighted Coca-Cola and PepsiCo as being amongst the companies it claims are benefiting from land taken from indigenous communities across the world.

In a recently released report, Oxfam says that 33 million hectares of land have transferred into corporate ownership since 2000, and this has seen large numbers of poor communities losing their homes in order to make way for sugar plantations.

Coca-Cola has said that it looked at the details in the report, and had found that it does not buy sugar from the suppliers mentioned. PepsiCo said that its suppliers assured it that they were in compliance with applicable laws.

Tate & Lyle, the sugar manufacturer named in the report, said it had only ever received two minor shipments from a disputed company in Cambodia and that it disputed claims made against it in the report.

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