Coca-Cola stresses international growth at investor conference

ATLANTA - International business and sales of non-carbonated beverages will play key roles in The Coca-Cola Co. achieving its long-term growth targets, a top executive told investors Thursday.

Muhtar Kent, the newly appointed president of Coca-Cola's international division, said at a conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., that the Atlanta-based company is looking to expand on the 20 billion unit case volume that it recorded last year in more than 200 countries.

He cited Russia, China and Turkey as areas where the company believes there is growth potential for the world's largest beverage maker.

''We feel very strongly that we can continue our momentum in these emerging markets,'' Kent said at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York Conference.