Coca-Cola supports council’s bid to keep players in check


COCA-Cola Europacific partners PNG general manager Philippe Mondada says the company is working with the
PNG Manufacturers’ Council to ensure that all players in the market operate by the laws of the country.
Responding to questions from The National on illicit products in the market, Mondada said the company had not faced the issue lately.
“The manufacturing council’s work, together with the Government, are good and we are not facing counterfeits which is positive,” he said.
“There is some competition which is good, we celebrate that, we like to have competition
for us to be better in whatever we do.
“We are just making sure with the manufacturing council that all the players here are playing by the rules and are respecting all the laws as we do.”
Commenting on sales and business progress, Mondada said: “Sales are okay this year and obviously it is not that easy because the situation is not normal with the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we have some economic impact.
“What we can see for us is that pre-Covid period, the most affordable packs are growing faster than the rest.
“We feel that the consumers, now that they have less purchasing power, they go more towards the cheaper pack then the most expensive pack.”
Mondada also highlighted that sales in Eastern Highlands could see a decline with the surge in the Covid-19 cases there and with restrictions in place in the province but the company would still continue to ensure that its products was offered in the market.