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Coca-Cola acquires BodyArmour sports drink for $5.6 billion

By AFP - Nov 02,2021 - Last updated at Nov 02,2021

NEW YORK — Coca-Cola announced on Monday that it will acquire full ownership of sports drinks company BodyArmour for $5.6 billion.

The beverage giant bought 15 per cent of BodyArmour in 2018, and will continue to operate the firm as a separate business in North America, according to a statement.

The company was partly owned by late basketball great Kobe Bryant, who became a major shareholder in 2013.

"BodyArmour has been a great addition to the system lineup over the last three years, and the company has driven continuous innovation in hydration and health-and-wellness products," said Alfredo Rivera, president of Coca-Cola's North American operating unit.

BodyArmour is currently the second-biggest sports drink company with more than $1.4 billion in retail sales, the statement said.

The company's co-founder and Chairman Mike Repole and president Brent Hastie will stay on at the brand, which is looking at "explosive consumer demand" for premium sports drinks.

In a tribute to the athlete and shareholder who died in a 2020 helicopter crash, Repole said, "If it wasn't for Kobe Bryant's vision and belief, BodyArmour would not have been able to achieve the success we had. I couldn't be more excited to become part of the Coca-Cola family and set our sights on the future."

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