Muhtar Kent, The Coca-Cola Co.

2014 Power 50 Suppliers: No. 5 Muhtar Kent Chairman and CEO The Coca-Cola Co. Key Development: Coca-Cola agrees to offer drinks in pod-form. What’s Next: Growth in emerging markets.

Twenty-nine percent of coffee drinkers made their previous day’s java with a single-cup brewer. Will they be compelled to do the same with soft drinks? Coca-Cola chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent intends to find out.

The soft drink giant has agreed to provide Coke, Sprite, Powerade and Fanta in single-pod form for the soon-to-be released Keurig Gold cold beverage machine. With a 16% stake in Keurig (formerly Green Coffee Mountain Roasters), Coca-Cola is its largest shareholder.

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