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PepsiCo, Coca-Cola to pull off 300ml cans in UAE

DBR Staff Writer Published 21 February 2012

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola will withdraw their 300ml soft-drink cans in Dubai for violating the consumer protection law in the UAE.

According to UAE Ministry of Economy, both Pepsi and Coca-Cola have violated rules when they reduced the size of the DKK1.50 ($0.26) can from 355ml to 300ml and removed the price tag without prior official approval.

Ministry of Economy head of Consumer Protection Department Hashem Al Nuaimi said initially the two companies requested that they would market their 355ml cans with a price printed on them.

Nuaimi said both the companies admitted the violation and agreed to withdraw the cans found violating the agreement from the market.

"The Ministry of Economy, in cooperation with the competent authorities in different emirates, was considering taking canned colas off the shelves of different retail outlets if the two companies failed to make their own distributors withdraw the products," Nuaimi added.