Coronavirus could cause a Diet Coke shortage

Coca Cola could be in short supply in the US after the coronavirus has disrupted its supply chain.

The virus outbreak means that Coke’s supply of artificial sweeteners from China, used in its sugar-free drinks, has been delayed, according to the company.

In a report on Monday, Coca-Cola wrote that production and exports for the company’s sugar alternatives, used in the company’s diet and zero-sugar drinks, have been delayed due to the virus.

The supply chain could be damaged in the long-term.

The statement said: “We have initiated contingency supply plans and do not foresee a short-term impact due to these delays”

“However, we may see tighter supplies of some of these ingredients in the longer term should production or export operations in China deteriorate.”

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