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Wheaties honors U.S. Olympians with pictorial cereal boxes

BY Jenna Duncan

MINNEAPOLIS Following the closing ceremony at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wheaties has announced that American gymnast Nastia Liukin and decathlete Bryan Clay will each be honored with their own Wheaties boxes.

Nastia Liukin is the third U.S. women’s gymnast to win all-around and also the third to appear on Wheaties box. Clay is also the third decathlon champion in a row to be honored on the Wheaties box.

Prior to Liukin’s gold medals, U.S. gymnasts Mary Lou Retton and Carly Patterson were also honored on the box.

The last American to win the gold in decathlon was “World’s Greatest Athlete,” Dan o’Brien in 1996. Clay received the silver medal at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. He later was medaled World Champion in 2005.

“Having your picture on the Wheaties box is something all athletes strive for,” Clay said. “It’s a mark of distinction that says you’ve reached the pinnacle of your career. This is a very special honor for me.”

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Coca-Cola opens Mongolian bottling facility

BY Jenna Duncan

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia Coca-Cola last week announced the opening of a $22 million bottling plant—the second largest in Mongolia.

Prior to the new plant in Ulaanbaatar, the MCS Coca-Cola plant had been the only Coca-Cola bottler in the Mongolian market.

“I’m delighted to see MCS Coca-Cola continue to exceed all projections in sales volume and profit,” president and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Co. and Odjargal Jambaljamts, Muhtar Kent, said. “By posting an average annual volume growth of nearly 50 percent year on year, the Mongolian business has established itself as one of the strongest performing operations globally.”

Coca-Cola said that it sees great opportunities for growing its Chinese and Mongolian businesses, and in return it will offer jobs and more local business opportunities. Coca-Cola Beverages Co. of China currently has about 30,000 employees, mostly all local citizens, the company has said.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group invests in Big Red

BY Alaric DeArment

DALLAS Dr Pepper Snapple Group will buy a minority stake in cream soda manufacturer Big Red, Dr Pepper Snapple has announced.

The beverage maker is already the largest product distributor for Big Red, based in Waco, Texas.

The companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition or other terms of the agreement.

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