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.
US Version of Coca-Cola Energy Debuts This Week at NACS. National Launch Set For January. Company to Address Sparkling Water Gap. Powerade Plans Innovation Blitz in 2020.
October 1, 2019
Franchise bottlers for Coca-Cola North America met in Atlanta last month to evaluate innovation and system marketing plans for 2020. The theme of the meeting was “Ready to Execute.” CCNA President Jim Dinkins reiterated that the system’s strategy is dependent on...
Pepsi to Push ‘Unapologetic Enjoyment.’ Dew to Invest in Core Markets. Gatorade to Take ‘Surgical Approach’ to Hot Weather. Bubly to Innovate.
September 17, 2019
PepsiCo brought together executives from its US bottling system in August to review new product and marketing plans for 2020. The company hosted the meeting at its Purchase, New York headquarters. Attendees included company-owned and independent franchise bottling executives. The gathering came six months after PepsiCo reorganized its North America beverage business into five divisions, four in the US and one in Canada. The meeting’s theme was...
Company Rebuts Negative Perceptions of Caffeine, Sugar and Taurine
August 9, 2019
Monster Beverage recently surveyed media influencers and opinion leaders about their perceptions of the energy drink category. Monster followed up with a letter sharing some of the findings and rebutting "misconceptions" ...
Plus, Coca-Cola Second-Quarter Earnings Highlights. CSD Volume Growth Helped by Coke Original and Zero
July 30, 2019
In an interview, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said the company is “not in a rush” to bring its new Costa ready-to-drink coffee to the US given the lack of awareness for the Costa brand in this market. “Our focus will be...