Coca-Cola discloses investment in health research
Coca-Cola says it has spent $US118.6 million ($A167.37 million) on health research and partnerships over the past five years, including funding for a group that was criticised for downplaying the role of sugary drinks in fuelling obesity.
The world’s biggest beverage maker in August vowed to be more transparent about its health messages and programs.
The pledge came after a New York Times story detailed the company’s funding for the Global Energy Balance Network.
In a video announcing the network, one of the group’s leaders said the media focuses on “blaming fast food, blaming sugary drinks, and so on”.
On its website, Coca-Cola said it spent $US21.8 million on scientific research and $US96.8 million on “health and well-being partnerships,” including payments to health experts who share their views with the public.