A forklift moves pallets of Diet Coke to be shipped out at a Coco-Cola bottling plant in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Coca-Cola on Friday announced a workforce restructuring plan, which will include voluntary job cuts.
The company said it will offer voluntary layoff packages to employees who qualify, starting with about 4,000 workers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico who were hired on or before Sept. 1, 2017. The voluntary layoffs are expected to stem the number of involuntary layoffs that will follow.
Coca-Cola is forecasting that its overall global severance program will cost the company between $350 million and $550 million.
On the operations side, nine new units will replace 17 business units and will focus on scaling new products faster and eliminating the duplication of resources. Coke’s global ventures and bottling investments divisions will be unchanged.
Coke’s restructuring plan comes as the company streamlines its drink portfolio to focus on larger and more popular brands. The company plans to build new operating units focused on the regional and local level that will work closely with five global marketing leadership teams, divided up by category.
The beverage categories include its namesake soda brand; sparkling flavors; hydration, sports, coffee and tea; nutrition, juice, milk and plant; and emerging categories. Global category leads will report to Coke’s Chief Marketing Officer Manolo Arroyo.
Coke is also creating a new unit dedicated to efficiency and making the most of its global scale. The organization will tackle data management, consumer analytics and e-commerce and will work in partnership with its bottlers. Barry Simpson, Coke’s chief information and integrated services officer, will lead it.
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