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Top 50 rank: 12
Rank in Beverages: 3 (Previous rank: 3*)
Overall score: 6.84
Why it's admired
Coca-Cola is still a classic. The world's largest beverage-maker remains one of the world's most recognized brands; its drinks are consumed nearly 1.6 billion times a day. Still, like almost every company facing the recession, Coke has lost some fizz. U.S. sales fell in the fourth quarter, dropping 2.8% to $7.13 billion after restructuring costs and writedowns. But earnings still beat expectations, thanks to continued international growth and a smooth CEO transition from Neville Isdell to Muhtar Kent last year. -L.D.

Address: 1 Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: 404-676-2121
Website: www.thecoca-colacompany.com
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 2
People management 2
Use of corporate assets 4
Social responsibility 2
Quality of management 4
Financial soundness 3
Long-term investment 3
Quality of products/services 4
Global competitiveness 2
Industry: Beverages
Most Admired
1 Anheuser-Busch 7.50
2 InBev 7.21
3 Coca-Cola 6.84
4 Pepsi Bottling Group 6.36
5 Diageo 5.82
6 Heineken 5.59
Rank Company Overall score
7 SABMiller 5.49
8 Coca-Cola Enterprises 5.02
9 Kirin Brewery 4.31
10 Asahi Breweries 4.18
From the March 16, 2009 issue
*Designated as an international industry. Prior yearís ranks, unless otherwise noted, are ranks in the Worldís Most Admired Companies listing.
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