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Looking ahead: Coca-Cola’s refranchising plans, new product development & higher value drinks

The Coca-Cola Company released its full year 2015 results this week. Euromonitor International picks out key points from the results, and what they mean in the long term.  

Carlsberg reports ‘mixed year’ in 2015

The Carlsberg Group has reported strong performance in Asia, but a challenging year for its Western and Eastern Europe businesses. 

Asahi bids for Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings Ltd has offered to buy SABMiller’s Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands, in a bid worth $2.9bn. 

Australia

Coca-Cola launches Fuze Tea backed by ‘multi-million dollar’ campaign

Coca-Cola South Pacific has backed the launch of its Fuze Tea ice tea brand in Australia with a multi-million dollar marketing push. 

Coca-Cola accelerates bottler refranchising plans as it announces full year results

The Coca-Cola Company has announced it is accelerating its refranchising plans, as part of its efforts to focus on ‘building strong, valuable brands and leading a system of strong bottling...

Rebel Kitchen acquires Unoco to continue growth

Free-from coconut milk manufacturer Rebel Kitchen has acquired raw coconut water brand Unoco for an undisclosed amount, boosting its growth.

Aqua ViTea moves into a bigger facility, increases production

Aqua ViTea, a Vermont-based brewer of kombucha, will expand its brewing capabilities from 15,000 gallons to the possibility of 500,000 gallons with a move into a new facility.

Coca-Cola moves for Nigeria’s Chi

The Coca-Cola Company is buying a 40% stake in Nigeria’s leading dairy and juice company, Chi.

Britvic and AG Barr both score growth

Beverage manufacturers Britvic and AG Barr have both reported revenue growth over the “competitive” festive period.

Pernod Ricard acquires majority share in Monkey 47 gin

French wine and spirits giant Pernod Ricard has acquired a majority share in Black Forest dry-gin brand Monkey 47.

Diageo posts 1.8% growth in first half sales

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes is upbeat about the company’s performance in its interim results, saying it has become a ‘stronger, more competitive business.’

‘Selfie-inspiring packaging’: Coca-Cola launches Be More Fanta campaign

Coca-Cola South Pacific has launched its 'Be More Fanta' marketing campaign, with a range of ‘fun and spontaneous selfie-inspiring packaging options’ to encourage activity on social media.

Australia

Coopers marks another record year for traditionally brewed ales

The trend for Australians to move away from mass-produced beer continues as annual sales by Coopers, the country’s biggest privately owned brewer, reach another record while sales by major players...

Singapore conglomerate bids for ownership of Peroni and Grolsch

Singapore’s Fraser and Neave has confirmed that it hopes to buy into the European beer market through the purchase of Peroni and Grolsch from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Coca-Cola’s VIO launches in India

Coca-Cola India has announced the pilot launch of its ready-to-drink, flavored milk product, VIO.

Winter Fancy Food Show

Califia Farms’ CEO announces alternative plant-based coffee creamers

“Treat your coffee kindly” became Califia’s new slogan this year, as the company launched its latest Creamer and Better Half lines at the Winter Fancy Food Show.

Sonoma Cider releases sarsaparilla-inspired cider

California-based Sonoma Cider is adding a new cider with elements of sarsaparilla and vanilla to its year-round mix.

Coca-Cola reformulates Life, boosting stevia content and reducing sugar

Coca-Cola Great Britain has created a new recipe for stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life, in order to further reduce the sugar content of the drink. 

Heineken, SAB Miller, The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlè & PepsiCo.

CGF completes five-year project to install low carbon refrigeration systems

Members of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) have completed a five-year project to install low carbon refrigeration systems in over 4,000 supermarkets, four million ice cream and drinks chiller units...

SABMiller sees strong quarter in Africa and Latin America

SABMiller has seen strong growth in its Africa and Latin America markets, it reported in its Q3 2015 trading update. 

‘Extending equity and iconic appeal’: Coca-Cola unites brands with global campaign

The Coca-Cola Company is uniting all Coke trademark brands in a global creative campaign, titled ‘Taste the Feeling.’ 

Online brand exposure is important, says Nestlé, as it signs partnership in China

Nestlé China has signed a strategic cooperation partnership with Alibaba, saying that an online presence is an essential part of building its brands in China. 

New Jersey sports drink company learns from its mistakes

After some false starts, Jersey Pump CEO Dany Nohra believes his company is on the right track in the growing sports and energy drink market.

‘Designed to deal with the rigours of the 21st century’: Spring water enriched with amino acids launches

Rejuvenation Water, a functional water enriched with amino acids, has launched in the UK and is targeting today’s busy, stressed, urban professionals.

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