Plus: IRI Sees Return To Parity Between At-Home And Away-From Home Food Sales
April 30, 2021
Late in the first quarter of this year, US soft drink retail sales begin to cycle the impact of pandemic-related pantry loading last year. To get a baseline understanding of the extent to which elevated retail sales are sticking now that pandemic lockdowns are easing, BD compared data from the first quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2019 (instead of 2020).
Coke system bottlers in the US have warned of a retail customer backlash and expressed frustration at Coca-Cola for speaking out about a new voting law in the company’s home state of Georgia. In recent statements...
Higher Costs Signal Pricing Actions to Ease Burden
April 20, 2021
As Covid Subsides, Challenges Remain for Coke and Pepsi Bottlers. Since the US outbreak of the COVID-19 virus more than a year ago, BD has tracked the crisis through the eyes of beverage executives in the Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and independent bottling systems. Our latest informal survey asked bottlers what has improved and what they continue to grapple with on the way to a new normal that has yet to be defined. The following is a synopsis of contributions from more than a dozen bottling executives...
Executives Update Investors on Distribution, New Capacity, Innovation
April 1, 2021
Executives Update Investors on Distribution, New Capacity, Innovation. Keurig Dr Pepper participated in an investor webcast on March 26 hosted by Goldman Sachs Managing Director and Beverage Analyst Bonnie Herzog. Chairman and CEO Bob Gamgort, CFO and International President Ozan Dokmecioglu, and Cold Beverages President Derek Hopkins took questions on topics that included distribution efficiency, production capacity, cost inflation, and innovation. The following are highlights.
Convenience Channel Shows Improvement as Mobility Increases
April 1, 2021
In BD’s March 18 edition, BD flagged the possibility of swings in category and channel performance once US syndicated data cycled pandemic-related pantry loading from a year ago. As lockdowns lift, new data suggests...
BluePrint HPP Juice Founders Provide Primer on Newest Mushroom Passion
April 1, 2021
Mushrooms have been used medicinally in Asia for centuries. In the US, mushroom extracts have become a go-to functional ingredient within the wellness community. Often referred to as adaptogenic, functional, or medicinal mushrooms, the ingredient now is... To better understand functional mushrooms as an RTD beverage ingredient, BD turned to Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss. Last year, they launched Earth & Star, a line of canned mushroom-infused oat milks and coffees.