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Analyst savages Coca-Cola Amatil for ‘really poor company culture’

Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington has savaged Coca-Cola Amatil’s former management – insisting that they ‘compromised the business to meet short-term earnings targets’ in 2013.

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: WINNERS AND LOSERS

Coke’s Monster Marriage: The 5 Key Talking Points

As Coke inks a $2bn+ deal to buy a stake in Monster Energy, we explore the implications for energy drinks – and predict a harder fight for PepsiCo and Red Bull.

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: SPECIAL EDITION

Coke’s $2.15bn bite of Monster Energy: Soda giant’s ‘exclusive energy play’

Coke says that Monster Energy will become its ‘exclusive energy play’ after it finally moved to seal a significant 16.7% stake in the controversial beverage company.

Former Coca-Cola head joins Cavitus and opens US office

Doug Dichting, former VP at Del Monte Foods, The Coca-Cola Company and Schweppes Beverages has joined Cavitus as president and opened an office in Atlanta, Georgia.

Survata is 'democratizing' consumer insights, says CEO

Consumer insights are no longer a luxury only big brands can afford, says online survey expert

Until pretty recently, food marketers looking to test new product ideas, brand names or pack designs could look to friends, family, and colleagues for cheap - though notoriously unreliable -...

Senomyx expects PepsiCo or Firmenich to commercialize sweet taste modifier S617 in 2014

Senoymx says it expects either PepsiCo or flavor house Firmenich to commercialize proprietary sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx S617 in 2014 but is tight-lipped over who will be first to market.

GMCR 'hitting milestones' for 2015 Keurig Cold launch

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters CEO Brian Kelley insists the firm is on track for a fiscal 2015 launch of its cold carbonated soft drinks system and is working closely with...

'One swallow could make a digestive soda summer', Mintel Canada suggests

Over forty per cent of Canadian consumers would be interested in carbonated soft drinks such as Coca-Cola if they aided digestive health, according to Mintel.

Dispelling the US diet soda dirge: Moody’s says Coke best-placed to profit

Moody’s Investor Service believes Coke is better placed than PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple to ride out the US diet soda storm, due to its strong position in international markets...

ENERGY GIANT RUMORED TO BE READYING LAUNCHES TO GRAB MORNING, AFTERNOON, EVENING CONSUMPTION

Monster Energy trademarks Ultra Sunrise: Taking on Mountain Dew Kickstart?

Monster Energy has filed a US trademark for the term Ultra Sunrise and one analyst predicts the name will be used for a CSD that will take on $150m brand...

PURECIRCLE COMMENTS AFTER FACEBOOK FIRESTORM FORCES GLACEAU TO DITCH STEVIA

Vitaminwater style reformulations ‘always challenging’: Stevia supplier PureCircle

Coke stevia supplier PureCircle insists formulating beverages such as Vitaminwater is especially challenging but says hundreds of drinks have been successfully reworked with the zero-calorie sweetener.

Added sugars account for 14.1% of total energy intakes for Americans

What are the biggest contributors of added sugars to the US diet?

While we tend to assume that fast food outlets (the bottomless soda cup) contribute a disproportionate amount of added sugar to the US diet compared with store-bought groceries, new data...

Comax Flavors agrees US local flavors trend 'challenges' big brands

Comax Flavors agrees that the trend in the US towards greater flavour differentiation and localization is challenging for big beverage brands as it launches a range targeting Hispanic, Asian and...

EDITOR'S COMMENT: JULY 2014

‘I ditched the Coca-Cola Life-style’: A millennial confession

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) boss John Brock insists people in the UK think Coca-Cola Life tastes just like standard Coke ahead of its September launch, but is this lack of differentiation...

ANALYSTS WARN DR PEPPER NEEDS 'CATALYSTS' TO DRIVE TOP-LINE GROWTH

‘They all want the next Glaceau deal!’ Dr Pepper’s Larry Young loves young entrepreneurs but finds them expensive

Dr Pepper Snapple CEO Larry Young says he loves the young entrepreneurs who run his allied brands – these include Bai 5 and Vita Coco – but says the buyout...

Will Keurig Cold disrupt or disappoint?

Beverage Entrepreneurs Forum: Is mid-calorie cola a failed concept, why Keurig Cold may disappoint, and is ‘healthy’ in the eye of the beholder?

While beverage’s biggest guns have pumped some serious cash into developing ‘mid-calorie’ versions of their iconic brands (Dr Pepper TEN, Pepsi Next, Coca-Cola Life), not everyone is convinced they will...

The energy drinks aisle lacks packaging guile: Why Coke's NOS can't catch Monster

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola energy drinks brands AMP, NOS and Full Throttle continue to lose ground on Red Bull and Monster despite a massive advertising spend – because of unappealing packaging…

‘Coke's Mini Can Can!’ Muhtar Kent salutes small package 'romance'

The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent says the ‘romance of the smaller package’ is critical to building more romance around brands such as Coke in the US.

Vitamin enriched Coca-Cola anyone? Soda giant patents ‘vitamin-rich fermentates’

The Coca-Cola Company has patented what it says is a new method allowing it to naturally fortify beverages including colas with high vitamin levels using a single micro-organism.

Sparkling Ice, Monster and Lipton Tea: US C-Store winners in 2014

Bottled water, energy and iced tea are expected to win big in 2014 as C-store operators predict a ‘banner year’ in packaged beverages led by brands including Sparkling Ice, Monster...

FULL-SUGAR LEMONADE DRINKERS FELT MORE GUILTY THAN STEVIA PLACEBO GROUP

Sugar-sweetened soda drinkers feel more guilty after inadvertent 'bad' deeds

An intriguing French study suggests that students who drank sugary lemonade before completing a ‘guilt inducing’ task felt more guilty than peers who consumed a stevia-sweetened zero-calorie alternative.

Register for the Foodnavigator-USA beverages entrepreneurs forum on July 23

Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk?

Is diet soda in the doldrums because shoppers are suspicious of aspartame, or because they are just bored of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi? And will naturally-sweetened products such as...

Steve Hills, European contract manufacturing director, reveals ambitious six-year plan

‘Agile capital-light innovation’: PepsiCo Europe targets 600% growth in contract manufacturing

PepsiCo Europe says it plans to grow the size of its contract manufacturing business six-fold in as many years to accelerate food and beverage innovation and boost productivity.

PepsiCo, Heineken, Diageo trend up in 2013 global FMCG league but Tingyi steals show

PepsiCo, Heineken, Diageo and SAB Miller are all risers in the OC&C league table of Global Top 50 FMCG players in 2013, but China's Tingyi Holdings was the rising beverage...

‘What we haven’t offered until today is taste, and taste is king!’ ADM boss justifies $3.1bn appetite for WILD Flavors

Archer Daniels Midland CEO Patricia Woertz insists that WILD Flavors' beverage and taste expertise complement her firm’s expertise in food ingredients and know-how in texture, function and nutrition.

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