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Steep fall in sales worries Pepsi distributors

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 00:12 IST

A GROUP of Pepsi Company distributors have expressed concern over the steep fall in the sales following the controversy over pesticide contents in the soft drinks.

The distributors who were incurring huge losses claimed that the sales had come down significantly after a study conducted by an NGO had confirmed the presence of pesticides in the soft drinks.

The distributors said that the matter was raised with the Pepsi officials along with the demand for increasing their commission, but the local officials did nothing in this regard.

The distributors complained that at present the company was paying commission at the rate of Rs 10 per crate of 300 ml bottles and Rs 9 in case of 200 ml bottles.

They said this was not enough in view of the huge losses they were incurring on the account of drop in the sales and the investment they had made for transportation of the soft drink bottles.

Talking to newsmen, Ashutosh Pandey alleged that the company was not honouring the agreement they had reached with the distributors and also did not provide any copy of the agreement to them. They said the company should make the distributors aware about terms and conditions of the company.

There are about 13 distributors in the city and most of them are facing similar problems. The local head of the Pepsi Company was not available for comments.

The distributors present at the press conference included Babloo Nigam, Pramod Nigam, Manish Gupta, Neeraj Gupta, Koshlendra Sisodia, Rajendra Singh and Subodh Nigam.

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