Business Briefs: Coke to tap home market

Business Briefs: Coke to tap home market

February 6th, 2014 by Staff Reports and Wire Service in Business Around the Region

Coke to tap home market

Coca-Cola Co. is looking to tap into a new market, with plans to let customers make its sodas and other drinks at home.

The world's biggest beverage maker said Wednesday that it's buying a 10 percent stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. for $1.25 billion as part of an agreement to bring its familiar brands into the fast-growing at-home market. Green Mountain is known for its single-serve coffee makers, but is developing a machine for cold drinks as well.

The deal comes as Soda-Stream makes an aggressive push to make its at-home carbonation machines a fixture in U.S. kitchens.

Aldi hiring in market

Aldi, the discount, no-frills grocery chain that operates five area grocery stores, will be taking job applications at a hiring event from 7 a.m. to noon Feb. 24 at the Aldi store at 5706 Lee Highway.

The German-owned grocery chain, which entered the Chattanooga market in 2005, is hiring workers for its Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland and Fort Oglethorpe stores, including store associates paid $10 an hour and shift managers paid $10 to $14 an hour. Aldi prefers those with retail experience and you must be able to lift 45 pounds and pass a drug test.