Pandemic Stock Up Boosts Water, Sports Drinks, Tea in Q1
June 9, 2020
The US bottled water, tea and sports drink categories all gained volume and dollars during the first quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic spurred consumers to stock up late in the period. As shown in the Green Sheet included with this issue, the
US Non-Alcoholic Beverage Industry Flexed Pricing Muscle Last Year
June 1, 2020
Annually, BD publishes estimated volume and value sales data for US liquid refreshment beverages (LRB) and carbonated soft drinks (CSD). The data included in this special issue estimates beverage consumption for all measured and unmeasured channels, including packaged retail, fountain and vending. Data for juice, tea, coffee and dairy categories focus on single-serve, direct-store-delivered beverages and generally do not include warehouse-delivered or refrigerated products by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Keurig Dr Pepper. CSD estimates in this report include traditional soft drinks and energy drinks, which are both carbonated and share similar manufacturing and distribution methods. The fountain channel includes everything from restaurants, such as McDonald’s and Taco Bell, to sports venues.
Carbonated soft drink demand in the US convenience retail channel grew during the week ending May 3 for the first time since early March, according to data from IRI. The data in the first table for the week ending May 3 is excerpted from a new CPG Demand Index produced by IRI. The data in the second table is excerpted from IRI’s companion CPG Inflation Tracker for the same week ending May 3...
Bottlers Fight Back Against Single-Serve CSD Declines
May 6, 2020
Carbonated soft drink bottlers are facing lower margins due to a shift away from immediate consumption channels and packages such as 20-oz PET bottles to future consumption channels and packages such as 12-packs of 12-oz cans. The margin squeeze is a key reason for furloughs and job cuts at...
20-oz ‘Fallen Off a Cliff.’ New Retail Data: Beverage Category Sales Slowed.
April 14, 2020
As COVID-19 home lockdowns drag on, beverage bottlers in the Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper and independent beverage distribution systems have seen large store sales slow in April compared to the extreme stock-up buying by consumers last month, according to BD’s ongoing informal survey. Bottlers are increasingly concerned about the shift to future consumption from immediate consumption, which has pressured profit margins. The following are comments from bottlers since late last week, organized by topic...