Liquid refreshment beverage sales across all US measured and unmeasured channels in 2022 grew +0.9% by volume and +11.3% by value. The dollar growth — fueled by inflationary pricing as manufacturers offset higher operating and input costs...
Table 1: U.S. LRB Category Volume and Dollar Performance 2022
Table 2: Top U.S.Carbonated Soft Drink (CSD) BrandsTable 3: Top U.S. Liquid Refreshment Beverages (LRB) Trademarks
Gatorade President Looks to Take Charge of $2.5B Enhancer Market
May 10, 2023
PepsiCo’s Gatorade and Propel brands are diving into the beverage tablet segment made popular in recent years by Nestle-owned Nuun. Starting in June, the brands will offer dissolvable tablets in plastic tubes of ten that will go head-to-head with Nuun, which offers similarly-packaged functional tablets for everything from sport hydration and immunity to...
Private Label Surges as Most Top-10 Brand Shares Slide
May 10, 2023
Carbonated soft drinks pricing growth at retail accelerated during the first quarter of this year compared to full-year 2022, according to BD data. And the category’s volume decline deepened. Pricing in the quarter jumped almost...
U.S. CSDs at Retail by Company: Q1 2023 (Volume, Dollars, Pricing)
GREEN SHEETS included: Carbonated Soft Drinks: Q1 2023 Volume Sales and Carbonated Soft Drinks: Q1 2023 Dollar Sales
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...
Trial in Single Market Available Until July at Target, Select Retailers
April 19, 2023
Coca-Cola is testing a Diet Coke variant in Minnesota sweetened with monk fruit and stevia instead of the artificial sweeter aspartame. The drink, packaged in 7.5-oz minicans, boasts the words “plant-based sweeteners” front and center under the Diet Coke logo. The can has a light green metallic look, instead of 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...
Product Ships Regionally in May. National Launch in 2024
April 6, 2023
Coca-Cola’s BodyArmor is jumping into the fast-growing rapid hydration sports drink segment with a new product called Flash I.V., the company has confirmed to BD. BodyArmor filed for the Flash I.V. trademark in January and will ship the product in the US regionally early next month by way of some Coca-Cola bottlers, BodyArmor CEO Federico Muyshondt said in an interview. The company will take the product nationwide in January of 2024. The emerging rapid hydration market, being forged by brands including Grupo Pisa’s Electrolit, PepsiCo’s Gatorlyte, and Abbott’s Pedialyte Sport, has reached between...
The following is transcript of Beverage Digest's podcast, The Breeze, Episode 3.
Our guest today is Matt Hughes, Vice President of Incubation for New Revenue Streams at Coca-Cola. Insiders might remember this unit as Venturing & Emerging Brands (VEB), of which Matt is a founding member. He has spent 30 years in the beverage industry, including as an entrepreneur. We talk to Matt about this month's Natural Products Expo West to compare notes on natural product trends, up-and-coming wellness brands, and what it takes to break through in a crowded sector defined by high failure rates and a huge potential upside...