04.19.2013 14:47

Cola Wars, China Style

The government and a private company are battling in the market – and in court – over the country's favorite soft drink
By staff reporter Qu Yunxu
 
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(Guangzhou) -- Eighteen years ago, a Hong Kong businessman named Chan Hung-to took a sip of an herbal tea produced by a government factory in Guangzhou and tasted the future – a beverage that he imagined could be the Coca-Cola of China.

The sweet, cold drink called Wanglaoji herbal tea is an acquired taste, a blend of seven medicinal herbs and flowers, including honeysuckle, mint and chrysanthemum.

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