Coca-Cola could run short on artificial sweeteners for diet drinks because of the coronavirus

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 15:10:28-05

Coca-Cola is feeling the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus.

The company says the disease has already disrupted its supply chain, and artificial sweeteners from china could be in shorter supply if the outbreak continues.

Coca-Cola announced Monday as part of their annual report that they have initiated contingent supply plans for the near future, and don't foresee any short-term impact.

The company did not specify which sweetener or sweeteners were affected by the supply and export delays.

According to CNN, the primary artificial sweeteners used by Coca-Cola include aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, saccharin, cyclamate and steviol gylcosides.

In their annual report, Coca-Cola indicated that it considered sucralose — the sugar substiute used in products such as Powerade Zero and Diet Coke with Splenda — a "critical raw material" sourced from suppliers in the US and China, according to CNN.

The company released the following statement to RTV6 on Thursday:

"We do not anticipate a shortage of Diet Coke or Coke Zero related to sucralose because those products do not contain sucralose. We have initiated contingency supply plans for ingredients sourced from China, and we do not expect any impact to our customers or consumers at this time."