Defense Will Require Innovation, Agility. Meanwhile, Model Behind Prime Hydration Confounds Industry Leaders
August 30, 2023
PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, the country’s No. 1 and No. 2 sports drink makers, face challenges on two fronts. On one side sits Electrolit, which has taken share by appealing to consumer desire for greater functionality and by embracing Hispanic consumers. On the other side sits Prime Hydration, which rose to...
Turning Point? Pricing, Dollar Gains Decelerate. Volume Loss Widens.
August 9, 2023
The US carbonated soft drink category at retail raised pricing by a high-double-digit percentage during the first half of 2023, generating +13.2% dollar sales growth. Volume declined by -3.5%, however. Meanwhile, as shown in the table, private label soft drinks gained volume share against category leader Coca-Cola and No. 2 PepsiCo. Keurig Dr Pepper posted a slight share gain, bringing the company’s CSD portfolio within three
Monster to Slim Bang Portfolio, Broaden Manufacturing Range
August 9, 2023
On July 31, Monster Beverage completed its $362 million acquisition of bankrupt Bang Energy owner Vital Pharmaceuticals (VPX). Last week, Monster confirmed that Coca-Cola and its bottlers will distribute Bang globally, with a US rollout to begin this quarter. “As a result, there will be a
Beverage pricing growth in the US for both Coca-Cola and PepsiCo is likely to decelerate during the second half of this year, mostly as the rate of input cost inflation slows, according to those companies’ leaders. During analyst calls and interviews with BD during the recent spate of second-quarter earnings reports, executives said pricing for the second half of this year will be driven primarily by increases already
Beverage supplier stocks tracked by BD underperformed the S&P 500 during the first half of this year. Coca-Cola’s shares declined -5.3%. While PepsiCo’s stock increased in value by +2.5%, the shares far underperformed the index’s +15.2% increase. Keurig Dr Pepper, dogged by profitability questions stemming from its...
Coca-Cola has established a federally permitted alcohol subsidiary called Red Tree Beverages to further explore the US alcohol beverage business, Coke’s Chief of New Revenue Streams Dan White told BD in an interview. The unit, created late last year and “firewalled” from Coca-Cola’s non-alcoholic operations, is permitted to participate in marketing and strategy around ready-to-drink alcohol brands based on Coke trademarks that are produced by third parties including...
Interview: 'We’re Created to Honor the Three-Tier System.’
July 25, 2023
Despite PepsiCo’s considerable work to keep its Blue Cloud alcohol distribution operation separate from its non-alcoholic business, the subsidiary has become a magnet for criticism as it forges new ground in the highly regulated and competitive US alcohol beverage market. In a new interview, Blue Cloud Distribution GM Emiliano Di Vincenzo, and Blue Cloud Chief Legal Officer Randy Liebowitz, said the organization has...
Firewalled, Permitted Entity Can 'Further Engage' in Alcohol Marketing and Strategy, Exec Says
July 14, 2023
Coca-Cola has established a federally permitted alcohol subsidiary called Red Tree Beverages to further explore the US alcohol beverage business, Coke’s Chief of New Revenue Streams Dan White told BD in an interview. The unit, created late last year and “firewalled” from Coca-Cola’s non-alcoholic operations, is permitted to...
Coca-Cola Bottlers Eager to Distribute Bang Energy, They Say
July 12, 2023
Bang Energy owner Vital Pharmaceuticals won approval from a Florida bankruptcy judge today for a $362 million acquisition of most of the company’s assets by major creditor and competitor Monster Beverage.The companies formaly announced the asset purchase agreement July 3 after the Federal Trade Commission ended an antitrust review early. The sale would include...
Green Sheet Details Promotional Holiday Pricing in Five Markets
July 12, 2023
US consumers paid more for promoted carbonated soft drinks during this year’s Fourth of July holiday than last year at five chains surveyed by BD. Using store promotional circulars, BD compiled promotions at stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Louisville, Idaho Falls, and Miami, comparing them to deals from last year’s flyers. Both periods included the federal July 4th holiday. The Green Sheet with this story compiles promotions culled from the...