Exclusive: Coca-Cola, Ambev eye Brazil juice maker, sources say

Logo of U.S. beverage group Coca-Cola is seen at a visitors center in BruettisellenBy Tatiana Bautzer SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Coca-Cola Co , Ambev SA and Britvic Plc have shown preliminary interest in buying a stake in Brazilian juice maker Natural One SA, as global beverage giants seek to grow their platform of healthy drink choices, according to two people familiar with the matter. Natural One, based in the southeastern town of Jarinu and founded 10 years ago by Ricardo Ermirio de Moraes, a member of the family that owns Brazil's largest industrial conglomerate, has hired the investment banking unit of Banco ABC Brasil SA to oversee the process, said the people. Ricardo Ermirio de Moraes, whose family owns orange juice producer Citrovita SA and who himself was a president of that company, has yet to decide whether to sell a minority stake or control of the company, the first person said, adding that he seeks a value of around $150 million for the entire company.

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