A unit case is equal to 24 eight-ounce servings of the finished beverage, whereas unit case volume means the number of unit cases of company beverages sold to customers.

In a statement, the company said: "Unit case volume growth reflected double-digit growth in India and low single-digit growth in China, partially offset by a low single-digit decline in Japan."

The US-based company, which announced its global earnings for the first quarter, reported 1 per cent unit case volume growth and net operating revenue of USD 10.71 billion.

Its net operating revenue in the Asia Pacific region in the first quarter stood at USD 1.29 billion.

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