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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Is Tesco owned by the Venezuelan Government?

Now this may sound like a little bit of an “out there” question. Why would Hugo Chavez be the head of a UK supermarket chain when he has a whole country to run, but bear with me.  It all comes down to a link more tedious than those of Comedy Dave on the Chris Moyles show, Coke Zero.

Now for those of you who didn’t know, Coke Zero was banned in Venezuela around six or seven months ago for ‘health reasons’. (For more info see this BBC article)  So what has this got to do with Tesco I hear you ask, well for the last few months I have been unable to buy Coke Zero from my local Tesco despite it being freely available from pretty much any other retailer who sells full fat and diet Coke.  I haven’t thought too much about it until today, when yet again while shopping in Tesco I couldn’t find any Coke Zero.

Wondering if it was perhaps a local decision, I checked the Tesco website when I got home to find it doesn’t stock Coke Zero either.  A quick Google and I find a few sites on the web where others in different parts of the country have found their local Tesco also lacking this particular Coca Cola beverage.  Perhaps the best link though was here, a Coca Cola website where even they seem at a loss to explain why Tesco have no Coke Zero.

So as Venezuela and Tesco both appear to have banned Coke Zero, is it possible that they are actually one and the same?

1 comment:

the said...

Note that the Venezuelan Coke Zero was banned for containing chemicals not found in the UK version...