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Since the early 1950s and for almost 50 years, the Spanish bottler model for the Atlanta company, The Coca Cola Company, remained almost the same. In 2011, old sounds of merger resonated stronger in Spain driven by the economic environment, changes in the sector and the TCCC President. Despite initial rejections from shareholder families, in June 2013 eight Iberian companies merged to form Coca Cola Iberian Partners. Three years later it took place the European merger: COCA-COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS, the world's largest bottler of the North American company. Case Study (A) describes the Iberian merger and the events mentioned until 2014, the year in which the Spanish National Court declares void the Employment Regulation File presented by CCIP. Case Study (B) presents the achievement of the European merger, the description of the basic data of the merged companies and the challenges that were brewing for the future.
The main teaching objective is to analyze Key steps and principles in a business integration process, as well as possible, causes and actions and recommendations to face them. Besides, it can lead to the exploration of changes over the recent years in the food and beverage sector and distribution, and can be used as an example to discuss the importance of dimension for competing and enduring in any sector.