In late April, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Keurig Dr Pepper reported first-quarter earnings. Those results, however, were less interesting that the outlook for the second quarter and the rest of the year. Below is a synopsis, culled by BD from earnings call transcripts, of actions the three companies are taking to adjust to market conditions during the crisis.
Also Closes $3.85 Billion Rockstar Energy Acquisition
April 28, 2020
PepsiCo just announced an exclusive agreement to distribute Bang Energy in the US. The deal, effective immediately, comes as PepsiCo also has closed the $3.85 billion acquisition of Rockstar Energy. Terms of the agreement with Bang owner VPX Pharmaceuticals...
Analysts at Goldman Sachs, led by Bonnie Herzog, surveyed retail and wholesale contacts representing 33,000 US convenience & gas store locations, which represents about a fifth of that retail channel. Here are some of their findings:
A recent report by Credit Suisse Analyst Lauren Silberman and her team outlined trends in the US restaurant sector, which is an important sales channel for fountain and packaged beverages. Here are some of the points from the April 13 report that BD found most important for the beverage industry:
CEO Sees Challenging Second-Quarter. Says Crisis Response in Coke's 'DNA.'
April 21, 2020
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey emphasized the company’s resilience today as it reported first-quarter earnings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are initial takeaways from today’s earnings release and company-hosted calls with Wall Street analysts and media:
Former CEO Responds to Recent Events, Enthusiastic About Sale.
April 14, 2020
Stevia producer PureCircle has agreed to sell a 75% stake in the company to global ingredients maker Ingredion for about 185.3 million pounds sterling ($231 million). The transaction is expected to close during the second half of this year. The announcement follows a five-month accounting probe at PureCircle and eventual management shake-up, which included the resignation of founder and former CEO Maga Malsagov. Ingredion will appoint...
New York is one of the hardest hit COVID-19 regions in the world. It’s also the home to Big Geyser, one of the largest and most important independent beverage distributors (and incubators) in the US. The company serves almost 13 million consumers in New York City’s five boroughs and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. BD spoke this week to Big Geyser COO Jerry Reda to find out how the company is responding to the crisis. He estimated that only about...
As consumers reacted in March to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Beverage Digest provided live updates on the impact to the US non-alcoholic beverage industry. Here is that coverage in its entirety.