Same-store gasoline sales in the US fell during the week ending March 14, according to data released late last week by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). Initial data for the week ending March 21 indicates the decline could be...
Since early March, BD has tracked the COVID-19 crisis through the eyes of beverage executives in the Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and independent bottling systems. By last week, a period of frenzied demand had given way to a more normalized sales pattern, bottlers and distributors said. Some are now bracing for... Story includes direct comments from beverage bottlers and distributors.
Coke Zero Sugar Now Bigger Than Diet Mtn Dew. Plus, Coke Life Volume Down -26%.
January 21, 2020
Coke Zero Sugar was last year’s star growth performer at retail among the 10 largest US carbonated soft drinks (CSDs). As shown in the Green Sheetattached to this article, the brand posted dollar growth of almost...
Invite-Only Internal Event Hacks Incubation Process. Store Tests Aim to ‘Break Though All the Noise’ Bombarding Consumers
November 26, 2019
7-Eleven hosted its second-annual “Brands With Heart” event to get an early and organized look at the crowded pipeline of US food and beverage startups. BD spoke to Harkness to better understand 7-Eleven’s strategy around emerging brands.
Private Label Bottled Water Gains as Leaders Nestle, Coke and PepsiCo Shed Share. Tea and Sports Drink Volumes Decline
November 13, 2019
Private label offerings, which account for half of the plain bottled water market at retail, added 4 share points during the first nine months of this year, according to data tracked by BD. As shown in the Green Sheet attached to this issue,
Brand to Challenge LaCroix, Bubly, Polar; Looks to Make Up Lost Ground.Punchier Flavors, Trendy Flavors and Caffeine Lead Effort to Stand Out From Crowd
November 13, 2019
Coca-Cola has now confirmed details of its mainstream sparkling water launch, which we first wrote about in August (BD 8/29/19). Called Aha, the brand’s March debut will challenge National Beverage’s LaCroix and PepsiCo’s Bubly. Until now, Coke has resisted entering the mainstream sparkling water category with a sweeping challenger, opting instead for line extensions of Dasani and Smartwater, plus Topo Chico. Aha marks a reversal of that strategy as Coca-Cola aims to capitalize on the struggles of market leader LaCroix while slowing down the relatively unchecked growth of category disruptor Bubly. Aha’s success will depend largely on Coke’s ability to grab consumers’ attention in a crowded category that offers little differentiation between mainstream formulas.
This year's NACS trade show in Atlanta, with exhibits that covered the space of almost two football fields, offered a first look at innovation being sold into retailers for 2020. The products pictured are some of the newest innovations from Coke, PepsiCo, Keurig Dr Pepper and Nestle. These products mostly launch late this year and early next year.
Soylent Challenger Huel Plans US Bricks-and-Mortar Push for New RTD Offering
August 9, 2019
The meal replacement shake category is worth watching. One such purveyor, Huel, is planning a bricks-and-mortar expansion in the US, according to CEO James McMaster, who spoke to BD this week from New York...