Ex-Coca-Cola chemist sentenced for stealing $120 million trade secret for Chinese government-supported company
- Xiaorong “Shannon” You, a 59-year-old chemical engineer, was sentenced to 14 years in prison by a federal judge on Monday in Greeneville, Tennessee, for stealing trade secrets on drink can coatings to establish a Chinese company backed by the Chinese government.
- You stole valuable information related to bisphenol-A-free (BPA-free) coatings found inside beverage cans.
- The trade secrets cost coating companies about $120 million to develop.
- She hoped to establish a BPA-free coating company in China and to benefit Shandong Province, the city of Weihai and the Chinese Communist Party.
- In addition to her sentencing, she is ordered to pay a $200,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release.
A Chinese chemical engineer was sentenced to 14 years in prison for stealing trade secrets on drink can coatings to establish a Chinese company backed by the Chinese government.
Xiaorong “Shannon” You, 59, was sentenced on Monday by a federal judge in Greeneville, Tennessee, on the charges of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, conspiracy to commit economic espionage, possession of stolen trade secrets, economic espionage and wire fraud. In addition, she is ordered to pay a $200,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release.
A 98-year-old woman in central China has become an online sensation due to her insatiable appetite for alcohol, Coca-Cola and hot pot, among other “unhealthy” food.
The woman, known only as “Grandma Foodie,” is a resident of Chengdu, Sichuan province. She has starred in Douyin (TikTok) videos with her granddaughter Cai since August, according to Chengdu Business Daily.
Coca-Cola will introduce an alcoholic drink in Japan within the year, expanding business from its traditional line of carbonated beverages.
The company is banking on Japan’s demand for chūhai (aka Chu-Hi), or canned drinks made of sparkling water and shōchū, a liquor typically distilled from rice, barley, sugar or sweet potatoes.
Back in 2013, Grant Thompson posted a video on YouTube showing how to create “self-freezing coke” by simply putting it in the freezer for 3 hours and 15 minutes. The video went viral and has racked up over 20 million views since then.
Now, the beverage is available in vending machines all over in Japan. Our friends over at RocketNews24 recently went to a local 7-Eleven to grab and test one out themselves.