July 29, 2017
  At a time when carbonates sales are slumping in many markets worldwide, ginger ale volumes are on the increase. The category has been able to insulate itself against many trends that are having a negative effect on carbonates overall by taking advantage its potential as a cocktail mixer. While ginger ale is only a […]
Matthew Barry
January 22, 2017
Obesity is a growing concern in many nations in the Middle East, especially in the area surrounding the Persian Gulf. In the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nearly a third of adults are now obese and diabetes and other weight-related diseases are becoming serious public health issues. While there are a number of […]
November 18, 2016
The PLMA (Private Label Manufacturers Association) hosted its Private Label Trade Show from 13-15 November this year in Rosemont, Illinois. Over 1,300 exhibitors from 40 countries representing the global alcoholic drinks, beauty and personal care, consumer health, home care, hot drinks, packaged food, pet care, soft drinks, and tissue and hygiene industries were present to […]
August 8, 2016
Carbonates sales have been declining in many developed markets including the US, Germany, and Italy as consumers shift to healthier beverages. Yet demand for premium craft soda has been rising among millennials. The rise of premium soda has been occurring concurrently with the rise of fast casual restaurants that use higher quality ingredients. Fountain volume […]
February 22, 2016
Bottled water volumes continue to rise at the expense of carbonates. There is rising demand for beverages that offer functionality but without artificial ingredients and little or no added sweeteners. Viewing this as a “white space” opportunity, a number of companies have recently launched or relaunched caffeinated water in the US to target consumers looking […]
February 20, 2016
The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and PepsiCo recently held their analysts conference on Q4 2015 financial results. TCCC announced plans to refranchise and focus on brand building and marketing, whereas PepsiCo’s discussion of growth initiatives appeared a bit vague with little mention of the progress of the integration of the Power of One Strategy in the […]
January 22, 2016
Euromonitor recently released new data for soft drinks and the results are showing 2015 as the slowest year for global carbonates growth in all of our historic data set. Microeconomic factors are definitely to blame, but there is also a heightened global sense of health and wellness that is turning consumers away from carbonated drinks. […]
December 8, 2016
In a bid to reduce their dependence on the struggling carbonates segment, the three biggest players in US carbonates have recently made a number of acquisitions to expand into more premium soft drinks segments. On November 22, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group announced it was purchasing Bai Brands for US$1.7 billion. On the same day, PepsiCo […]

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