Monster Beverage Co has certainly tasted the sweetness of distribution support from The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). Its global market share has climbed significantly since the distribution deal started a few years ago and it is now the biggest threat to Red Bull GmbH. Upon the completion of the deal, Monster and TCCC will be able interplay with their energy drink brands and subbrands in different regions or core markets and make strategic decisions as to how to grow their combined brand portfolio.
Before the new Monster fully grows and forms, Monster’s management started to show its long-awaited ambition to enter China. Euromonitor International data shows that China is an apparently underdeveloped market for the two ambitious partners. Without a solid physical presence in this strong growth region, TCCC/Monster could lose out on playing a part in China’s energy drinks boom. Monster said that, “China is a very long-term strategic goal for us – we want to be there, we want to get there as quickly as we can. There’s a complex regulatory procedure to get through to register.” These words show its eagerness to make an entry and its desperate need for help from TCCC. So let’s have a look at the opportunities and challenges China may present to the new Monster.