By Carlo Versano
The world's largest beverage maker is reportedly eyeing the red-hot cannabis market, according to a report.
Coca-Cola is in "serious talks" with Aurora Cannabis to develop cannabidiol-infused beverages, according to BNN Bloomberg.
A deal on that scale would likely dwarf agreements made by Corona-maker Constellation Brands and Molson Coors, both of which have partnered with Canadian cannabis companies to add CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that can be used to treat pain or anxiety, to drinks like coffee, soda, and beer, and would represent a "mainstreaming" of pot products in the eyes of Wall Street.
For Coke, getting into the weed market would be both capturing a trend and a diversification play. Soda sales have been down as younger consumers seek out healthier drinks like sparkling water.
Shares of Aurora were up over 6 percent on the news Monday morning, as were other pot stocks like Tilray.