Coca Cola Globalization

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Around the world, we have items that require various resources from different places. Globalization has caused companies to expand beyond local resources and search for cheaper resources around the world to maximize profits. A chocolate bar and a can of Coke may seem simple at first glance, but the various ingredients reveal the interconnectedness of the world and the effect of globalization on “everyday” items. One of the most popular beverages of the modern era is a can of Coke. Coke’s popularity has propelled the drink too become a normal part of people’s lives. But where does Coke come from and who makes it? These questions have largely been ignored by many, but anthropologists trace how the beverage gets to your local store and how the drink affects various communities. The Coca-Cola website lists the ingredients in coke to be: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, and caffeine. Most of these ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup, are sourced from the US but many of the natural flavorings come from other countries such as vanilla from Mexico, kola nuts from Africa, and coca leaves from South America. Coke is bottled in different areas of the world, including bottling plants in the US. Workers in foreign plants earn wages that are barely sufficient to support themselves, almost living off of five dollars a day. This is a result of offshoring, where companies seek to maximize profits by sending factories
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