Mobi Platform, Piloted With Reyes Coca-Cola, Now Broadly Available
May 10, 2023
An entrepreneur with experience in foodservice, consumer packaged goods distribution, and technology has collaborated with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling on a new digital platform to enable brand owners to capture realtime sales data directly from customers. Such a system would be especially useful when it comes to non-chain or independent stores and restaurants that fall outside the...
The following is transcript of Beverage Digest's podcast, The Breeze, Episode 4. Duane Stanford invites beverage industry expert (and former Beverage Digest publisher) John Sicher to discuss soda pricing power.
Today we chat with long-time industry expert and former Beverage Digest publisher John Sicher to discuss soda pricing power. The carbonated soft drink category is a significant value driver in the ready-to-drink refreshment beverage market. Products like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper are important to retailers in generating store traffic and contributing to overall profitability. We explore how the recent surprising period of pricing growth in the category has evolved and whether this trend will continue in 2023 and beyond.
Plus, Blue Cloud Now Permitted by TTB in 40 States (Map)
April 6, 2023
PepsiCo’s Blue Cloud alcohol distribution subsidiary will not acquire Corwin Beverage’s beer distribution business in southwest Washington state, Corwin CEO Keith Richards confirmed to BD. PepsiCo’s recent agreement to buy back Corwin’s Washington-based Pepsi franchise (see Territory Changes & Deals) sparked speculation as to whether PepsiCo would acquire Corwin’s beer business to distribute Hard Mtn Dew and perhaps...
LRB Share is Key Metric for PepsiCo Beverages North America, PepsiCo CEO Says.
Private Label Results. Top-10 Brand Performance. Dew Lags in C-Stores.
The US carbonated soft drink category at retail generated pricing growth of almost +15% in 2022, according to new BD data. Volume declined a modest -1.9% as most CSD makers found success extracting latent value from their brands and offsetting across-the-board cost inflation. As shown in the table...
Little Increase in Retailer Pressure Over Pricing. Promotions Remain Strategic.
March 2, 2023
Input Costs Still Elevated, Tracking Inflation. Volatility Expected.
Independent Coca-Cola and PepsiCo bottlers generally anticipate average annual retail carbonated soft drink pricing growth of between +3.0% and +6.0% during the next five years, an informal BD survey found. US CSD pricing at retail in 2022 reached almost +15.0%. Some bottlers said pricing growth will likely trend in the +7.0% to +9.0% range. Outliers predicted...
March Brings Investment Growth for Coke’s Sports Drink Brands, He Says
March 2, 2023
Bodyarmor-Powerade a ‘One-Two Punch’ Vs Gatorade With Two-Tier Pricing
BodyArmor leaders will look to double the brand’s awareness and make it a household name now that they have completed an integration with Coca-Cola’s Powerade, BodyArmor Sports Nutrition CMO Matt Dzamba told BD in an exclusive interview. “We can't just be a brand that athletes of the Nth degree understand,” he said of BodyArmor. “So we're widening the aperture and speaking to a broader audience, like gatekeepers and active adults.” He also said...
Exclusive Interview: BA Sports Nutrition CMO Matthew Dzamba
February 21, 2023
BodyArmor leaders will look to double the brand’s awareness and make it a household name now that they have completed an integration with Coca-Cola’s Powerade, BodyArmor Sports Nutrition CMO Matt Dzamba told BD in an exclusive interview. “We can't just be a brand that athletes of the Nth degree understand,” he said of BodyArmor. “So we're widening...
Fewer Price Hikes Expected in 2023. Promotional Activity to Remain Highly Selective
February 16, 2023
Plus: Updates on Alcohol Expansion, BodyArmor, SodaStream
A pressing question for 2023 is whether Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Keurig Dr Pepper will face a more challenging consumer and pricing environment later this year, especially in the US. Goldman Sachs estimates that by mid-January Americans had spent down...
Brand Looks to Capitalize on ‘Rapid Hydration’ Trend Without Going Into 'Hole.'
February 16, 2023
’We’re Not Desperate,” Co-founder Says, Thanks to Military Focus.
Military-focused isotonic brand Hoist is on the hunt for outside investment capital to help fund a deeper and eventually wider push into traditional retail markets, according to the brand’s founders. Hoist currently derives more than half of its revenue from US military sales, Co-founder and President Kelly Heekin told BD in an interview. Outside of the armed forces, Hoist’s traditional retail footprint comprises about...