‘It Will Just Escalate and Never Go Away.’ ‘We’re Actually Coming Around to the Notion.’
August 9, 2019
Plastic packaging waste may now pose the single-biggest risk to profitability for the global beverage industry. Some US industry leaders have suggested behind the scenes that a national per-package fee could help fund solutions faster. But would such a proposal ever fly among some of those who will be most affected – independent US Coca-Cola and PepsiCo bottlers? To find out, BD asked...
Plus, Gatorade ‘Not Shying Away from CBD’ as Possible Ingredient
June 28, 2019
Gatorade SVP and GM Brett O’Brien gave BD an exclusive look this week at PepsiCo’s new Bolt24 hydration beverage (BD 5/21/19). The product will begin shipping in time for a July 10 launch tied to ABC’s ESPY athlete awards. Bolt24 is...
Dirty Lemon Parent to Add Investment and Owned Brands
June 7, 2019
Dirty Lemon parent company Iris Nova is looking to expand its text-based “conversational commerce” distribution platform to outside brands. The company is negotiating distribution deals with at least two as-yet unnamed brands to be announced this year, Iris Nova CEO Zak Normandin told
Bang’s rapid market share gains this year have generated heated industry discussion about the fate of Monster and disruption within the energy category. Coca-Cola bottlers, meanwhile, are rolling out Monster’s answer, Reign. Since Reign’s late March debut, BD has spotted the product mostly in the convenience channel. Photos of cooler placements are from a Pilot outside Orlando, a QuikTrip outside Atlanta and a 7-Eleven in New Jersey. We also found a significant activation at ...
Bottler View. To get a broader view of the rollout on the ground, BD reached out to a number of Coca-Cola bottling system executives...
One Year After Refranchising, What’s Next for Coke’s Largest U.S. Bottler? Katz Sees Complexity Management, Segmentation Among Keys to Growth
March 15, 2019
Last August, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated named Dave Katz president and COO. He spent 25 years preparing for the role. BD spoke to Katz about refranchising, competition with a reorganized PepsiCo beverages unit, methods to fuel revenue growth and even CBD.