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.
Plus, Reed’s Poised to Test New CBD Ginger Beer as FDA Plans New Rules
March 1, 2019
Sales of CBD-infused drinks reached $86 million in 2018 and will grow to more than $1.4 billion in 2023, Zenith Global and Beverage Digest have concluded in a joint report. Favorable federal regulation in the U.S. would...
New Regional Structure to Add ‘Speed, Alignment, Agility. Kirk Tanner to Lead Refreshed Organization Now Called PepsiCo Beverages North America. Refranchising Effectively Off the Table.
February 15, 2019
PepsiCo today has announced internally a significant restructuring of its U.S. beverage business to boost performance. According to sources close to the plan, the former North America Beverages (NAB) unit has been realigned into four U.S. regional divisions –
The Philadelphia sweetened beverage tax championed by Mayor Jim Kenney in 2016 has figured into a 116-count federal indictment against a local union boss and a city councilman, among others. According to the indictment unveiled on Jan. 30, John Dougherty, who ran the Local 98 chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, allegedly used
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has criticized distribution changes made by Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling (RCCB) in Southern California. During a Feb. 13 investor conference call, union leaders said the bottler’s “cost-cutting strategies” have undermined service to
Last July, Winston-Salem, NC-based Primo Water found itself caught up in President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. The U.S. imposed import tariffs on about 6,000 Chinese goods worth about $200 billion.
On Jan. 15, Birmingham-based Pepsi bottler Buffalo Rock sued PepsiCo for breach of contract, alleging the franchisor has failed to stop the transshipping of unauthorized products such as Pepsi-Cola and Mtn Dew into Buffalo Rock’s exclusive territory. Buffalo Rock’s franchise rights cover portions of Alabama, West Georgia and Florida. The lawsuit asks for at least $1 million in actual damages, plus more for punitive damages. PepsiCo’s company-owned bottler, Pepsi Beverages Co., also is named.