Most beverage and retailer stocks tracked by BD boosted their market value during 2019 as the broader S&P 500 Index grew. Just three companies tracked – Coca-Cola Consolidated, Starbucks and Monster Beverage...
Coke Zero Sugar Now Bigger Than Diet Mtn Dew. Plus, Coke Life Volume Down -26%.
January 21, 2020
Coke Zero Sugar was last year’s star growth performer at retail among the 10 largest US carbonated soft drinks (CSDs). As shown in the Green Sheet attached to this article, the brand posted dollar growth of almost...
Coca-Cola’s Powerade will reassert itself in the US this year with increased marketing and advertising spending, and two major product introductions. A new Powerade Power Water will go head-to-head with PepsiCo’s Propel fitness water for the first time since Propel’s introduction 20 years ago. Like Propel, the sugar-free electrolyte- and vitamin-enhanced Power Water will target lower-impact workout occasions or casual daily hydration. The second new product, Powerade Ultra, will focus on endurance workouts ranging from triathlons to body building...
Private Label Bottled Water Gains as Leaders Nestle, Coke and PepsiCo Shed Share. Tea and Sports Drink Volumes Decline
November 13, 2019
Private label offerings, which account for half of the plain bottled water market at retail, added 4 share points during the first nine months of this year, according to data tracked by BD. As shown in the Green Sheet attached to this issue,
Brand to Challenge LaCroix, Bubly, Polar; Looks to Make Up Lost Ground.Punchier Flavors, Trendy Flavors and Caffeine Lead Effort to Stand Out From Crowd
November 13, 2019
Coca-Cola has now confirmed details of its mainstream sparkling water launch, which we first wrote about in August (BD 8/29/19). Called Aha, the brand’s March debut will challenge National Beverage’s LaCroix and PepsiCo’s Bubly. Until now, Coke has resisted entering the mainstream sparkling water category with a sweeping challenger, opting instead for line extensions of Dasani and Smartwater, plus Topo Chico. Aha marks a reversal of that strategy as Coca-Cola aims to capitalize on the struggles of market leader LaCroix while slowing down the relatively unchecked growth of category disruptor Bubly. Aha’s success will depend largely on Coke’s ability to grab consumers’ attention in a crowded category that offers little differentiation between mainstream formulas.
Bodyarmor to Modify Approach or ‘Substantiate’ Claims, Agency Says
October 1, 2019
Bodyarmor sports drink has agreed to re-evaluate several of its advertising claims related to PepsiCo’s market-leading Gatorade following a dispute that reached the Federal Trade Commission. According to a Sept. 13 letter by the FTC, Bodyarmor has agreed to...