Sugar Watch asks Coke to
make commitment public
By: Dolly Yasa
BaACOLOD City – Wennie Sancho, one of the convenors of Sugar Watch, yesterday said they are asking the management of Coca Cola to make public their commitment that they will stop importing premix sugar.
This, after reports came out that Coca Coca has stopped importation of premix sugar after a meeting with the Philippine Sugar Alliance in Manila together with SRA administrator Gina Martin.
“In the spirit of transparency, we are asking Coke to make their commitment public,” Sancho said.
So far it was Manolet Lamata of the Sugar Alliance who divulged Coke’s assurance but not Coke itself.
In the meantime, Sancho said they will continue with the boycott.
He said that Coke should put on paper its commitment. “Pronouncement is one thing and putting things in paper is another thing,” Sancho pointed out.
Meanwhile, the Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations (CONFED) said it will continue to be vigilant on the importation of large volumes of premix and high fructose corn syrup of industrial users.
Raymond Montinola, chairman of CONFED-Negros Panay Chapter, said Coca-Cola’s promise not to import premix and HFCS next year is a good sign, but “we will continue our vigilance on this issue.”
“Coke has promised to buy domestic sugar in the market but we have to verify and confirm that first,” he said.