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HBC Reports Healthy Sales Increase In First Six Months Of 2017

August 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The CEO of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC), which operates in 28 countries, reported a 5.7 percent increase in the first six months (ended June 30) of fiscal 2017, despite low single-digit volume growth in Nigeria. Dimitris Lois said a mid-teens price increase in Nigeria, and another planned increase, will affect sales. The company is optimistic about sales in Russia, thanks to economic improvements that will “filter through to consumption.” In terms of product lines, Lois said there were “very strong plans” for the sparkling and juice categories, “including additional SKUs to address price points,” and for Fanta, including a new ad campaign.
Jenny Eagle, "Coca-Cola HBC Net Sales Grow 5.7% Despite ‘Softness’ in Russia and Nigeria", BeverageDaily.com, August 10, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Health Consciousness Leads List Of Trends Affecting Beverage Makers

August 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Beverage manufacturers are responding to a number of consumer trends in the U.K. this year, not the least of which is health consciousness. Governments and nutrition advocates globally have thoroughly demonized sugar, and brands have responded appropriately. PepsiCo responded with Naked Juice and the Tropicana Essentials Probiotics line. The company’s zero-sugar Pepsi Max was rebranded to Pepsi Zero Sugar in the U.S. Coca-Cola rebranded and reformulated Coke Zero to make Coke Zero Sugar. Red Bull introduced several exotic zero-sugar flavors targeting younger consumers. Other trends affecting beverage companies include drinks with functional ingredients, demands for sustainable packaging, and a significant increase in young teetotalers in the U.K., Europe and the U.S.
Kasia Kossakowska et al., "Health-Conscious Millennials Turn to Zero-Calorie Drinks", BeverageDaily.com, August 10, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Recycling Instructions Added To Nestlé Waters NA Bottles

August 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé Waters NA says it is putting “How2Recycle” instructional labels on its 16-ounce U.S. bottled water brands, including Pure Life, Poland Spring, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills, Ozarka, and Arrowhead. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a membership-based collaborative comprising businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies, created the “How2Recycle” label in 2012. The label is used by more than 65 brands and retailers, and can be found on thousands of products.
"Nestlé Waters North America Launches New Recycling Labeling across all Major U.S. Bottled Water Brands", News release, Nestlé Waters NA , August 09, 2017, © Nestlé Waters NA
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High Temps In China Trigger Free Sprites From Coca-Cola

August 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola China’s promotional partnership with the weather app MojiWeather as already paid off handsomely for the company, which provides free Sprites to consumers who retrieve QR codes from the app when the temperature hits 35ºC (95ºF). The company has already handed out more than 10 million cups of the beverage in the campaign. More than two million thirsty Chinese have stopped by McDonald's for a free Sprite, driving up single-serve sales in July by 23 percent compared to a year ago.
Andy Morton, "The Coca-Cola Co Hot Weather Promotion Adds Shine to China’s Sprite Sales", Just-Drinks, August 09, 2017, © just-drinks.com
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British Tonic Water Maker To Tackle A Market That Spurns Gin

August 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The head of Fever-Tree’s Asia-Pacific business confirms that the U.K. exotic tonic water maker will expand its operations to China, following a successful venture with a Hong Kong-based wine importer. Fever-Tree has seen its sales jump 77 percent to $32.8 million in the first six months of 2017, due largely to the ballooning popularity of gin-and-tonic cocktails in the region. The Chinese market may be tougher to crack, however, given that gin accounts for only three percent of alcoholic beverages consumed in the country. The growth of distribution and market share in Hong Kong and Macau is due partly to a strategy to extend its product line to include mixers suitable for dark and aged spirits. These types of liquors account for 80 percent of premium spirits consumed in Hong Kong, and 90 percent in China.
Natalie Wang, "Fever-Tree Sets Sights on Chinese Market", Drinks Business, August 09, 2017, © Union Press Ltd
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Coke Unveils Huge Times Square 3D Robotic Billboard

August 8, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Company has extended its century-old tradition of using large signs to advertise its products in urban landmarks and settings. It recently unveiled the world’s first and largest – certified by Guinness World Records – 3D robotic billboard in New York’s Times Square. The 68-ft. by 42-ft. billboard consists of 1,760 independently moving and choreographed LED screens that will be seen by 300,000 passersby daily. The company was among the first to advertise with painted wall murals in the 1890s, moving on to neon billboards in the 20th century.
Jay Moye, "Coca-Cola and Fans Celebrate World’s First 3D Robotic Sign in Times Square", News release, Coca-Cola Company, August 08, 2017, © The Coca-Cola Company
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Mexico’s Cane Sugar Version Of Coke Is Building A Loyal Following

August 8, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola bottled in Mexico has captured the attention, and loyalty, of some U.S. Coke lovers because it is more “natural tasting” than the regular stuff. Sold in smaller bottles, and available in an increasing number of stores, including Costco, Mexican Coca-Cola is made with cane sugar, rather than the purportedly unhealthful high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The upsurge in sugar cane-based Coke, however, is not just due to personal sweetener preferences. Engaged in a trade war with the U.S., Mexico is protecting its cane sugar industry by discouraging import and use of HFCS, including in Coca-Cola.
Vera Hogan, "Have You Tried Mexican Coca-Cola?", TCTimes.com, August 08, 2017, © Tri-County Times
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Acquisition Of KFC Eateries Will Accelerate ThaiBev’s Long-Term Goals

August 8, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The growing appetite for fried chicken in Asia convinced beer and rum maker ThaiBev to acquire more than 240 KFC restaurants, as well as locations under development, in Thailand for $340 million. Company founder Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi’s long-term strategy is to generate half of its revenue from other countries and from nonalcoholic beverages.
Craig Giammona, "Thai Beer Company to Buy KFC Restaurants in Fast-Food Push", Bloomberg, August 08, 2017, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Some Restaurants Spurn Food Delivery

August 8, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A major trend in the foodservice world is home delivery of meals to people who don’t want to dine out, but also don’t want to cook. It represents a total of 1.7 billion restaurant transactions a year. Some restaurants, however, have said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” A main reason is fear that the meals won’t arrive in time to eat warm. Casual dining chain Texas Roadhouse doesn't do delivery, and even encourages competitors “to do as much delivery as they can so they can deliver lukewarm food to their people." Besides quality and temperature concerns, though, the company worries about staff preparing delivery orders at peak dinner times, when dining rooms are packed.
Samantha Bomkamp, "Delivery is the Hot Dining Trend, but it's Not for Every Restaurant. Here's Why.", Chicago Tribune, August 08, 2017, © Chicago Tribune
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Papa John’s Now Offers Gluten-Free Pizza – With A Warning

August 7, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Pizza chain Papa John's has begun offering gluten-free crust made from "ancient grains," including sorghum, teff, amaranth and quinoa. Gluten is found only in wheat, rye, and barley. However, the company warned that though its manufacturing procedures prevent contact with gluten – the crust is prepared in a separate, gluten-free facility before shipment to stores –pizza dough can be exposed to gluten during the in-store, pizza-making process. So, the company said, the new gluten-free crust should not be eaten by customers with serious gluten intolerance, such as those with Celiac disease. [Image Credit: © Papa John's ]
Lindsay Rittenhouse, "Papa John's Just Unveiled This New Gluten Free Pizza to Appease the Millennial Generation", TheStreet, August 07, 2017, © TheStreet, Inc.
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With Little Caesars Pizza Pick-up Machine, Shy Customers Can Avoid Humans

August 7, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The Little Caesars pizza chain has made it much easier for recluses, hermits, and other introverts – in Tucson, Ariz., for now – to buy pizza without seeing or talking to a store employee. The company’s Pizza Portal machine lets pick-up customers avoid lines, snatch their pizzas, and escape without human interaction. To make use of the machine, customers need to download an app to order and pay for the pizza. CEO David Scrivano says, "It's all about convenience, in and out in seconds, no line, no wait." The company plans to add about one hundred of the machines in the U.S. in 2018. [Image Credit: © Little Caesars ]
Kellie Ell, "Little Caesars Unveils Pizza Portal, Letting Customers Grub and Skip Human Interaction", USA Today, August 07, 2017, © USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC.
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Coke India Plugs Perceived Gaps In Kinley Offerings With Flavored Waters

August 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola India hopes to gradually step its customers up from Kinley plain water to a new range of flavored aerated Kinley beverages. The lemon, orange and a jeera-based flavored drinks will be test-marketed in several states and regions.
Vinay Kamath and Meenakshi Verma Ambwani, "Coke to extend Kinley to aerated beverages", The Hindu Business Line, August 03, 2017, © The Hindu Business Line
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Head Of Coke’s India Business Sees Broader Portfolio As Key To Growth

August 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The head of Coca-Cola’s India business says there is a serious opportunity in sparkling beverages, but the company needs a broader product portfolio to appeal to the country’s divergent range of consumers (viz., “not exactly middle class,” middle class and affluent). To meet their needs, says T. Krishnakumar, Coke will expand segmentation and create “appropriate brands” for each consumer category.
Vinay Kamath and Meenakshi Verma Ambwani, "‘Our goal is to be among the top five markets for Coke globally’", The Hindu Business Line, August 03, 2017, © The Hindu Business Line
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Coca-Cola Crowdsourcing Project Seeks Alternative Plant-Based Sweeteners

August 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Searching for “newer, better ingredients,” Coca-Cola has launched two crowdsourcing initiatives to enlist the help of individuals and scientists in finding an effective sweetener other than currently used stevia and monk fruit.
Jay Moye, "Coca-Cola Launches Crowdsourcing Challenges to Find Next-Generation Sweetener Innovations", News release, The Coca-Cola Company, August 03, 2017, © The Coca-Cola Company
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Some Chicago Merchants Confused By New Tax On Sugary Sodas

August 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Walgreens recently angered Chicago customers by mistakenly applying new – as of August 2 – “sweetened beverage tax” to purchases of La Croix sparkling water. The controversial penny-per-ounce tax hikes price of 2-liter bottle of soda by 68 cents.
Kelly Bauer, Linze Rice, Alisa Hauser and Mina Bloom , "LaCroix Lovers Angry After Walgreens Wrongfully Taxes Their Drink (Again)", DNAinfo, August 02, 2017, © DNAinfo
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New Marketing Head At Boxed Water To Focus On Millennials

August 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Rob Koenen is the new chief marketing officer at Michigan-based Boxed Water, a producer of sustainably packaged water. Koenen has held marketing and other executive positions at UGG Brand, Wolverine Worldwide and Land O'Lakes. Koenen’s mission is to expand marketing and consumer connections, especially with Millennials.
"Boxed Water Welcomes Rob Koenen as Chief Marketing Officer", News release, Boxed Water, August 02, 2017, © Boxed Water
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Management Shuffle At Dr Pepper Snapple Group

August 1, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Company has elevated Andrew Springate to the newly-created post of chief marketing officer; Jason Butter will take over as general manager of the Coca-Cola Affiliated Sales Organization (CASO). Top marketing and promotion executive Jaxie Alt will head human resources.
"Dr Pepper Snapple Group Announces Leadership Appointments", News release, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, August 01, 2017, © Dr Pepper Snapple Group
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Coke India Replaces Brand Website With Digital Magazine

August 1, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
In an effort to bring “untold editorial gems” about India’s consumer experience with Coca-Cola, the company unveiled a digital magazine that replaces an earlier brand website. Content of the "brand journalism" endeavor includes articles, infographics, blogposts, pictures, and videos packed with songs from Coke Studio, behind-the-song stories, fun facts, company and brand trivia, and recipes.
"Coke tries out 'brand journalism'; Brings e-magazine 'Journey' to India", Afaqs! News Bureau, August 01, 2017, © afaqs!
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Pure Life Bottle Water Gets Promotional Shot In The Arm In U.S.

July 31, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé Waters NA has launched an ad campaign featuring national TV, new packaging, POS displays, digital and social media promos, etc. Goal is to increase awareness in the U.S. while driving home the importance of water for healthy living.
"Nestle Pure Life Purified Water Unveils New Global Campaign to Inspire a Healthier and Brighter Future", News release, Nestlé, July 31, 2017, © Nestlé Waters NA
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Dunkin’ Donuts Offers High-Octane Monster Energy Punch

July 29, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Dunkin’ Donuts has partnered with Monster Beverage to launch Dunkin’ Energy Punch, powered by Monster Energy, in strawberry and blue raspberry flavors. The drinks were introduced in March in the Northeast and Florida, and recently in Riverside, Calif. A 16-ounce can of Monster Energy contains 160 mg of caffeine, while a 14-ounce cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee has 210 mg or caffeine. A quart-size cup of Dunkin’ Energy Punch sells for $4.29 in Riverside Dunkin’ Donuts shops.   ][Image Credit: © Fielding Buck / Press-Enterpise (Calif.]
Fielding Buck, "Dunkin’ Donuts ramps up the energy level with Monster punch", The Press-Enterprise, July 29, 2017, © Press Enterprise
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New Coke Ads Deliver Recycling Message Through Animation

July 29, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A new Coca-Cola stop-motion ad showing in the U.K. uses more than 1,500 recycled Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Smartwater and Honest Tea bottles and cans to get across the notion that the packaging is not only recyclable, it is recyclable over and over. The pun-packed ads, created by Ogilvey & Mather Berlin, tell of a romance between a Coke Zero Sugar bottle and a Fanta bottle who are separated, but continuously re-united, via recycling. The ads, to be shown in movie theaters and on social media platforms throughout the summer, are expected to reach 35 million Britons by the end of the year.
Simon Gwynn, "Coke dishes out verbal pun-ishment in quirky animated love story encouraging recycling", Campaign Live UK, July 29, 2017, © Haymarket Media Group Ltd.
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IHOP Ad Blitz Touts Three New Doughnuts

July 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A couple of inspirational sources drove creation of IHOP’s latest treat: the sweet-and-savory French toasted donut, available in bacon and maple, strawberries and cream, and apple fritter. The first inspiration was feedback from customers themselves on social media channels. The second was the company’s monitoring of food trends, especially breakfast trends. And the third was chef Nevielle Panthakys own creativity. The new doughnuts are being introduced with a media ad blitz, including TV, online social platforms, digital, and the arrival of the IHOP food truck in New York City. [Image Credit: © IHOP ]
Katie Richards, "How IHOP Chose Its Latest Menu Item, the French Toasted Donut", AdWeek, July 28, 2017, © AdWeek
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Starbucks Spends $1.3B To Buy Out All Chinese Joint Ventures

July 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Starbucks says it is demonstrating its commitment to the Chinese market by unifying all stores in the country under a “full company-operated structure.” The company is spending $1.3 billion to buy out all its joint ventures – 1,300 in eastern China, including Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, the fastest-growing market in terms of store count outside the U.S.
Staff Writer, "Starbucks Buys Out All Joint Ventures in China for US$1.3bn", Marketing Interactive, July 28, 2017, © Marketing Magazine Online
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Danone’s First Half Financials Are Encouraging

July 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Yogurt producer Danone posted first half financials that beat analyst expectations, despite a slowdown in sales in the second quarter. Operating profit in the first half was $2 billion, up 7.3 percent over the same period a year ago. Sales in the half year totaled $14.3 billion, an increase of 0.4 percent. The company sees growth speeding up in the next half-year for all segments. Improvements are expected in its water business in China, where growth was 0.8 percent in the first half, compared to single-digit growth elsewhere, and double-digit growth for Evian in the U.S.
Andy Coyne , "Danone - analysts largely upbeat following results", just-food.com, July 28, 2017, © just-food.com
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PepsiCo Partners With Recycling Advocate

July 27, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
PepsiCo is collaborating with and funding the nonprofit Recycling Foundation’s efforts to increase recycling rates through local and national work. Less than half of recyclables in U.S. homes are being collected: 22 million tons out of an available 46 million tons every year. The Recycling Partnership has helped more than 400 local communities improve curbside recycling for 17 million households. Last year, PepsiCo announced it would strive to redesign all its packaging to be recoverable or recyclable by 2025, and to partner to increase packaging recovery and recycling rates. [Image Credit: © PepsiCo ]
"PepsiCo Joins the Recycling Partnership", News release, PepsiCo, July 27, 2017, © PepsiCo, Inc.
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Dunkin’ Donuts Experiments With Simpler Sandwich Menu

July 27, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
It has been five years since Dunkin' Donuts began serving “bakery” sandwiches, including ham and cheese, turkey, cheddar, and bacon, to boost food sales after the day's breakfast crunch. Now CEO Nigel Travis says customers are buying breakfast sandwiches all day long, so there may be no need for the other sandwich fare. The company is testing a simplified menu devoid of non-breakfast sandwiches, in the hope of attracting more customers. Same-store traffic once again slipped in the second quarter, compared to last year. Though it was the fifth straight quarter traffic has fallen, higher spending per visit pushed up sales by 0.8 percent. [Image Credit: © Dunkin' Donuts ]
"Dunkin Testing Removal of Non-Breakfast Sandwiches", Killeen Daily Herald, July 27, 2017, via Associated Press, © The Associated Press/Killeen Daily Herald
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Former Beverage Industry Execs Join Protein2o

July 27, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Two former PepsiCo and Gatorade execs have joined the protein-infused water brand Protein2o to help it become a leader in the low-calorie protein beverage market. The company, which recently secured $4 million in venture funding, comprises a five-SKU line of products formulated with whey protein isolate and 60-70 calories per 16 oz. bottle. Sold mainly in grocery, club, drug and convenience stores in the Midwest, the brand is available nationally at Rite-Aid and will soon be sold nationally at CVS stores. CEO Bob Kral said the addition of former PepsiCo executive Andy Horrow (president) and former Gatorade president Sue Wellington (board chairman) to the management team is “an incredible opportunity” for the company.
"Protein2o Adds Gatorade Vets, $4 Million in New Funding", News release, Protein2o, July 27, 2017, © Protein2o
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Coke CEO Quincey Hopes For “Test And Learn Mentality”

July 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey told analysts in a conference call that his company needs “greater curiosity” or it might grow complacent and fall behind the competition. Coca-Cola has “the answer to some things,” but needs curiosity – a “test and learn mentality” – to respond to change. To grow, the company needs “the courage to try new things.” Quincey said he was happy with the latest financials – a “strong performance” – that showed a 16 percent drop in net revenues mainly due to the ongoing overhaul of the bottler network. He said Coca-Cola Zero Sugar has turned in double-digit global volume growth that should continue in the U.S.
Leonie Roderick , "Coca-Cola: We need more courage to become a growth-orientated business", Marketing Week, July 26, 2017, © Centaur Communications Ltd (a member of the Centaur Media plc group)
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Consumer Watchdog Accuses Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Of “Greenwashing”

July 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The director of the Organic Consumers Association says Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream brand continues to “greenwash” its products, advertising them as “all natural” though they are contaminated with herbicides. The association recently sent samples of Ben and Jerry’s top-selling ice-cream brands to an independent testing lab for analysis. The lab found that 10 out of 11 samples tested positive for Roundup (glyphosate and AMPA) herbicide contamination. Cherry Garcia was the only flavor that tested negative for glyphosate or AMPA. Testing of nationally-distributed organic ice cream brands found that three out of four tested negative for Roundup contamination. The Whole Foods' 365 brand was found to be contaminated with glyphosate. [Image Credit: © Ben & Jerry's ]
Ronnie Cummins, "Only One Out of 11 Popular Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Flavors Tested Negative for Cancer-Causing Herbicide Glyphosate", AlterNet, July 26, 2017, © Independent Media Institute
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Wells Fargo Worries About Bai’s Healthy C-Store Growth

July 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Market data suggest that Bai’s antioxidant infusion beverages are doing well in the C-store channel. But Wells Fargo wonders whether the growth – sales were up 53.8 percent over last year during the four weeks ended July 15 – might come from distribution gains since its acquisition by Dr Pepper Snapple Group. That observation casts a bit of a shadow on the numbers, and leads Wells Fargo to suggest in a note that Bai “may not generate sufficient returns to justify its rich ($1.7 billion) price tag.” [Image Credit: © Bai ]
Elaine Watson, "Was the $1.7bn price tag Dr Pepper paid for Bai justified?", FoodNavigator-USA.com, July 26, 2017, © William Reed Business Media Ltd.
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Coke Zero Sugar Hits Store Shelves This Month With Heavy Promotional Acitivity

July 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola’s renamed Coke Zero product, now known as Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, has arrived in the U.S. after a year of test marketing. The company says the new version has an improved recipe and flavor, as well as a new package “that looks more like Coca-Cola.” The package features the red Coca-Cola disc against the black background familiar to Coke Zero fans, prominently displays the “zero sugar” claim. The packaging changes also support the “One Brand” single trademark strategy. Coke Zero Sugar will hit stores beginning this month, supported by a marketing campaign involving television, digital, radio, outdoor, social media and retail advertising.
"Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Launches in U.S. with New and Improved Real Coca-Cola Taste", News release, The Coca-Cola Company, July 26, 2017, © The Coca-Cola Company
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Restructuring Of Coca-Cola’s Bottling Network Pinches Sales, Profits

July 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said disappointing sales and profits in the first six months of 2017 were due to ongoing bottler refranchising efforts as the company transitions to a “total beverage company.” Overhaul of the bottler network – including nearly-completed refranchising in North America and divestiture of bottling operations in Germany, China, and South Africa – led to a 37 percent drop in net sales and volumes for the company’s bottling investments. Overall, the company experienced a first half decline in net sales of 14 percent. Net profits slipped 48 percent to $2.6 billion. [Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Company ]
Andy Morton, "The Coca-Cola Co H1 2017 net sales plunge on bottler overhaul - results", just-drinks.com, July 26, 2017, © just-drinks.com
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Cott Corp. To Divest Its Beverages Unit

July 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Canadian beverage manufacturer Cott Corporation is selling its Cott Beverages business to Dutch firm Refresco, an independent bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and A-brands. The purchase price is $1.25 billion in cash; Cott Beverages generates approximately $1.7 billion in revenues. The company said the sale would allow it to focus on its water, coffee, tea, and filtration businesses, growing organically and through acquisitions. The company manufactures carbonated soft drinks, shelf stable juice and juice-based products, energy drinks, a range of waters, new age beverages, ready-to-drink teas, freezables and ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages. Refresco has production facilities in Europe, the U.K., and the U.S.
"Cott Announces Agreement to Sell Its Traditional Beverage Manufacturing Business to Refresco in All-Cash Transaction", News release, Cott Corp., July 25, 2017, © Cott Corporation
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Nestle Japan: Brand-Boosting Movies Drive Market Penetration For Older Products

July 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The Nestlé Japan marketing chief says the company is welding marketing to entertainment by producing long-form movies that increase brand engagement on older products and “communicate your brand’s values and worldview” in ten or 15 minutes. Since 2010, the company has used the Nestlé Amuse media platform to compile a Theater section for brand videos that has attracted five million registered users. Masafumi Ishibashi says the company will continue to employ traditional TV and other mass media ads for new product introduction. But for brands like Nescafé and Kit Kat that everybody recognizes, the new long-form movie is the best way to deepen market penetration. [Image Credit: © Nestlé Japan ]
Shin Osada, "Nestle Japan CMO Masafumi Ishibashi on brands as publishers", Digiday, July 25, 2017, © Digiday
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Diversification Of Beverage Lines Is Answer To Declining Sugary Drink Sales

July 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Shoppers are turning to lower-calorie beverages – sparkling and enhanced waters, bottled water, coffee, and tea – in droves, at the expense of higher-calorie sugar-sweetened sodas and fruit drinks. Industry publication Beverage-Digest reports that soda consumption in the U.S. dropped to a 31-year low last year. But beverage giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola long ago saw the trend and began diversifying with bottled water, teas, sports drinks, and other higher-growth beverages.
Leo Sun, "A Foolish Take: American Soda Consumption Plunges to a 31-Year Low", The Motley Fool, July 24, 2017, © The Motley Fool
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Coca-Cola India Has Adapted To New Retail Landscape - Krishnakumar

July 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The head of Coca-Cola’s India business says his company, one of the oldest in the world, has been able to overcome the inertia that often accompanies tradition and heritage by changing its business strategy when necessary to connect with consumers. This has meant expanding beyond a one-brand identity. According to T. Krishnakumar, consumer behavior in India has changed along with changes in retail. Mom-and-pop stores have evolved into a complex environment of more organized and larger-format stores. Today’s “hyper-productive” consumers are interested in traditional and local products, as well as new cultures and senses. Technology creates opportunities for companies, but it also heightens consumer expectations of brands. [Image Credit: © Coca-Cola India ]
Ruhail Amin, "Coca-Cola's India mission is to grow beyond a single-brand company: T Krishnakumar", exchange4media.com, July 24, 2017, © exchange4media.com
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U.K. Drinks Company Introduces Slim-Can Versions Of Its Botanical Beverage Line

July 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Fentimans is adding slim-can versions to its bottled line of botanically-brewed beverages. The U.K.-based firm has positioned the products as adult soft drinks. New flavors to be sold in 250ml slim cans include rose lemonade, curiosity cola, wild English elderflower, cherry cola, and sparkling lime and jasmine. Those flavors and others have traditionally been sold in bottles. [Image Credit: © Fentimans ]
Lucy Britner, "Fentimans launches slim cans in UK", Just-drinks.com, July 24, 2017, © just-drinks.com
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Tesco Expands Same-Day Delivery Service Across UK

July 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Tesco said it has expanded its same-day online grocery delivery service across the UK. Launched in 2014 in London and the South East, the service is now available for customers of more than 300 stores across the country, the company said. Free for a limited period to members of the Tesco's Delivery Saver online delivery program, the service will cost between ₤3 and ₤8. Customers need to place their order by 1:00pm to have their purchases delivered by 7:00pm or later.
"Tesco becomes first retailer to offer same day grocery delivery nationwide", Tesco, July 24, 2017, © Tescoplc.com
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Vimto Sales Climbing, Along With Nichols’ Revenue, Profit

July 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
British beverage company Nichols plc, maker of the popular carbonated beverage Vimto, reported a six-month rise in profit of 7.1 percent to $16.6 million, and year-over-year revenue increase of 12.4 percent to $82.8 million. Vimto is a blend of the juices of grapes, raspberries, and blackcurrants, plus herbs and spices. Sales growth of Vimto outstripped the overall market, growing 10 percent year-on-year compared to 2.9 percent growth by the total soft drinks market. Nevertheless, Chairman John Nichols said the outlook for the U.K. market will remain “challenging.” [Image Credit: © Vimto ]
Daniel Flynn, "MARKET REPORT: Soaring sales of Vimto in the UK and Middle East boost profits at Nichols", Daily Mail (London), July 21, 2017, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Coca-Cola To Pack Several Drink Brands Into New Home-Delivered Meal Kits

July 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola’s vice president for e-commerce John Carroll says his company wants to embrace the fast-growing consumer trend toward convenient meal solutions. The company has partnered with the Chef’d home food-delivery service to include three of its beverages in six meal kit options that serve either two or four people. Coca-Cola, Dasani water, and Gold Peak teas will be paired with six recipe kits: beef short rib tacos, bacon cheeseburger, grilled baby back ribs or chicken mushroom marsala, and roasted quartered chicken and shrimp yakisoba. [Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Company ]
Pauline Lacsamana, "Coca-Cola Creates Beverage Pairing Meal Kits With Chef’d", The Daily Meal, July 21, 2017, © Tronc, Inc.
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Anheuser Busch Enters Energy Drinks Market With Hiball Acquisition

July 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
With beer sales mostly flat, and craft beers rapidly gaining market share, Anheuser-Busch hatched a plan nearly three years ago to use its extensive nationwide wholesaler network to move beyond beer into nonalcoholic beverages. The idea was welcomed by wholesalers as long as AB stuck to “high-growth, high-margin segments.” A little over a year ago, Starbucks announced it would sell AB’s Teavana bottled teas in its stores. In the latest news, AB announced it is buying San Francisco-based Hiball Energy, which makes organic energy drinks containing guarana, ginseng, caffeine and B vitamins.  It also makes Alta Palla organic low-calorie, low-sugar beverages, sold at about 14,000 U.S. retailers, including CVS, Kroger and Whole Foods Market. [Image Credit: © HiBall Energy ]
Mike Snider, "Anheuser-Busch buys drink maker Hiball Energy", USA Today, July 20, 2017, © USATODAY.com
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La Croix Sparkling Water Makes A Splash With Its “Technicolor” Cans

July 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
National Beverage, maker of the inexpensive – and increasingly popular – U.S. sparkling water phenomenon known as La Croix, has seen its profit jump to $107 million in the 2016 fiscal year, almost double its $62.2 million profit in 2015. The success is probably due to La Croix, which is a big hit among Millennials and others. Packaged in technicolor cans, La Croix has been dubbed “the Ft. Lauderdale fountain of youth” and “methadone for the soda addict.” Sales took off after National Beverage began marketing the drink in colorful cans with designs created by an artist known as fnnch. In an homage to Warhol, fnnch painted “9 Cans of La Croix” – “soup cans for Millennials,” now on exhibit in a New York City gallery – a reference to Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup can paintings of the 1960s. [Image Credit: © La Croix Water ]
"These '9 Cans of LaCroix' paintings are Warhol's 'soup cans for millennials'", Washington Post Blogs, July 20, 2017, © The Washington Post
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Unilever’s Tinkering With Marketing Spending Boosts 2nd Q Profits

July 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever’s second quarter financials mostly beat Wall Street expectations – sales growth fell three percent short – but the rise in profit came from cuts in marketing expenses. In April the company said about $2.3 billion of its planned three-year $7 billion cost-cutting program would come from marketing and overhead. During the first half of this fiscal year, however, nearly a third of the cuts came only from marketing; half were attributable to both marketing and overhead. The company is cutting ad agency and production spending, but marketing spending overall will rebound in the second half when 60 percent of Unilever's new-product launches for the year will take place. [Image Credit: © Unilever ]
Jack Neff, "Unilever Cuts Agency Fees and Production Costs, but a Media Surge Looms", Advertising Age, July 20, 2017, © Crain Communications
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Unilever Posts Stronger Revenue Performance In 1H 2017

July 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said net profit rose to €3.11 billion, or $3.58 billion, for the six-month period ending June 30, 2017, compared with €2.51 billion in the previous year. According to the company, revenue grew to €27.72 billion from the previous year's €26.28 billion. Gross margin improved by 40bps to 43.1 percent, pushed by margin-accretive innovations and acquisitions, the company said.
"Unilever 2017 First Half Results", Unilever, July 20, 2017, © Unilever
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Reckitt Benckiser Divests Food Business

July 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
U.K.-based Reckitt Benckiser Group plc announced it is selling its food business (RB Food) to McCormick & Company for $4.2 billion. The RB Food (Chester, N.J.) condiments and toppings line includes French's, Frank's RedHot and Cattlemen's brands. The nutrition bar Tiger’s Milk will be included in the cash-free, debt-free deal. Divestiture of its food business marks another step in RB’s transformation into a consumer health and hygiene company. It acquired infant formula firm Mead Johnson Nutrition in February for $16.7 billion.
"Sale of Food Business to McCormick", News release, Reckitt Benckiser, July 19, 2017, © Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
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Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Portends An Accelerated, Automated Grocerants Trend

July 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
“Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert says the $13.7 billion Amazon-Whole Foods deal is likely to speed up development of ready-to-eat or ready-to-heat grocery store items known as “grocerants.” Techno-centered Amazon will bring new intelligence from computer wizards, molecular biologists, and sustainability experts into retail grocery. Lempert says the Amazon-Whole Foods store will apply technology to improve efficiencies and reduce in-store labor costs. That means more robotics in the back room and interactive robots all around the store. [Image Credit: © Softbank ]
Kacey Culliney, "The Future Of Grocerants? Deliveries, Humanoids and a Good Dose of Life-Hacking, says Supermarket Guru", FOODnavigator-USA.com, July 19, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Growth Of In-House Brands Squeezes Big Food

July 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Supermarket private label brands in the U.S. historically have not been as important as in European countries. Private label accounted for 17 percent of U.S. sales last year, less than half their share in the U.K. and Germany. But supermarket shoppers are increasingly switching to generic brands, and big food companies are beginning to feel the pinch. Retailers like Walmart are already seeing a rise in sales of their own brands. As retailers allot greater shelf space for their own items, traditional manufacturer brands will see sales volumes decline. And retailers in a fierce competitive environment can point to the growth of their in-house brands to coerce suppliers to cut prices. [Image Credit: © Walmart ]
Stephen Wilmot, "Big Food’s Next Big Problem: Supermarket Brands", The Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2017, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Nestlé Waters Continues Aggressive Expansion Of Beverage Delivery Centers

July 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé Waters North America is moving full steam ahead with its plan to build regional distribution centers all over the U.S. for its ReadyFresh beverage delivery service, which offers Poland Spring, Nestlé Pure Life, Perrier Water, San Pellegrino and Nestea iced tea to homes, as well as small and large businesses. The company is building or expanding distribution centers in Sacramento, Calif., and Denver, Colo., and announced plans for a new 25,000-square-foot facility in the Atlanta, Ga., area. Nestlé Waters expects the facility will create 10-15 route delivery and brand leadership jobs, a number that will double by 2022. [Image Credit: © Nestlé Waters NA ]
"Nestlé Waters forges ahead with US ReadyRefresh expansion", FoodBev Media , July 18, 2017, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Drumbeat Of SodaStream’s Eco-Message Is Causing Some Headaches

July 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Israel-based SodaStream, maker of soda water machines, says it is making bottled water giants Coca-Cola and Nestlé Waters nervous. The company spends four times more on advertising than research as it relentlessly pushes its “make a difference to the world” theme contrasting the eco-friendly soda machine with the environmentally harmful plastic beverage bottle. In a recent interview, CEO Daniel Birnbaum said making money and enriching investors are only incidental to the main goal: making the “world a better place by eliminating plastic bottles.” Sparking water has overtaken other soft drinks in sales and the market expects annual growth of three percent through 2020. [Image Credit: © SodaStream  ]
Leonie Roderick , "SodaStream CEO on why marketing is key as it aims for ‘cult’ brand status", Marketing Week, July 18, 2017, © Centaur Communications Ltd (a member of the Centaur Media plc group)
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Nespresso Debuts Two Coffee Blends Designed For Iced Coffee

July 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé Nespresso has introduced two limited edition coffee blends “specially crafted” for iced coffee. The company says Nespresso Intenso on Ice has “cereal and cocoa notes” and “an intense, roasted finish." Leggero on Ice features “delicate fruity and lemon notes.” Product samples were distributed recently to employees of the Star Media Group in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [Image Credit: © Nespresso ]
"Brand introduces two flavors of iced coffee", The Star Online, July 18, 2017, © Star Media Group Berhad
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