Coca-Cola intends to acquire a controlling stake in fast- growing sports drink brand BodyArmor. BodyArmor Co-Founder and Chairman Mike Repole issued a statement dampening the news. One might conclude by Repole’s and Quincey’s comments that negotiations are ongoing...
Cuts Include 1,200 US Positions at Corporate, North America Units
December 17, 2020
Coca-Cola has informed employees internally of a wave of new job cuts this week in support of a global restructuring program announced in August. The eliminated positions include previously announced voluntary separations and now involuntary separations started this week, according to a
Earlier this month, PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta announced a set of initiatives and related spending aimed at Hispanic businesses, consumers, communities and employees. Some of that work will pass through the relatively new Hispanic Business Unit of PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA), which is now in its third year. In 2020, the company added a similar unit for PepsiCo Foods North America. BD reached out to Esperanza Teasdale, the VP and GM who leads the Hispanic Business Unit for beverages, reporting to PBNA CMO Greg Lyons. Teasdale discussed her team’s work to capture a greater share of the $2.6 trillion in annual spending in the US by Hispanic consumers. As she put it, that market would be equivalent to the eighth largest country in the world. The following has been edited for clarity and space:
CEO Says Efficiency Beats Ownership When It Comes To DSD System
November 2, 2020
As BD has reported on extensively, Keurig Dr Pepper has made a series of moves this year in its direct-store-delivery system that hinted of a broader strategy at play. In June, KDP bought back production and distribution rights for RC Cola, A&W Root Beer, Sunkist, 7Up, Snapple and Big Red from Indiana-based Royal Crown Bottling of Evansville. At about the same time, KDP transferred ...
Plus, Brewer Signs Deal to Distribute Coca-Cola Topo Chico Hard Seltzer
September 24, 2020
Late last year, Molson Coors replaced “Brewery” with “Beverage” in the company’s name as it looked to expand beyond alcohol “to other growth adjacencies.” Eleven months later, the company has taken the first product-related steps...Includes an infographic illustrating Molson Coors’ emerging non-alcoholic beverage activity. (PLUS: Story updated 10/1/20 with developments since original publication.)
Coke’s far-reaching global reorganization raises deep questions for Coca-Cola North America (CCNA). Coke will pare 17 existing global business units to nine. Plus CCNA looks to shed non-carb assets, and a new leader takes over with lessons from Latin America.
Coca-Cola just announced sweeping changes to its global organization. The strategy pares the company from 17 business units managed by four geographical groups down to nine operating units, which will...
CEO Sees Challenging Second-Quarter. Says Crisis Response in Coke's 'DNA.'
April 21, 2020
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey emphasized the company’s resilience today as it reported first-quarter earnings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are initial takeaways from today’s earnings release and company-hosted calls with Wall Street analysts and media: