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).
Companies Confident in Pricing Strength Amid Commodity Inflation
April 20, 2021
Progress in Away-From-Home Consumption Key for Coke, PepsiCo Companies Confident in Pricing Strength Amid Commodity Inflation. On April 15, PepsiCo reported first-quarter earnings results, followed by Coca-Cola yesterday. Both reports were complicated in various ways by the lapping of pandemic pantry loading last year. The companies are now...
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...
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...