Dollar sales in the carbonated soft drink (CSD) category totaled $18.3 billion for food, drug and mass merchandise retailers including Walmart for the 52 weeks ending April 14, according to data from Nielsen, New York City.
The Coca-Cola Co. reported solid second quarter and year-to-date 2012 results, with continued strong volume and revenue growth, as well as further volume and value share gains in total non-alcohol ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages.
Bethesda, Md.-based Honest Tea, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Co., began rolling out its first integrated advertising campaign with the new tagline “Refreshingly Honest.” The ads highlight the true taste of Honest Tea beverages by emphasizing the company’s use of real, organic ingredients with a quirky playfulness that stays true to the brand, the company says. This is Honest Tea’s first foray into TV commercials. The company also will extend the campaign to digital video, social media, out-of-home billboards and transit signage, as well as grassroots events around the country.
The shareowners of The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, approved a two-for-one stock split and an increase from 5.6 billion to 11.2 billion authorized shares of the company’s common stock, the company reported.
Coca-Cola India announced that the Coca-Cola system will invest an additional $3 billion in India through 2020 to further capture growth opportunities in the country’s fast-growing non-alcohol ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverage market. With the new investment, the Coca-Cola system now plans to invest $5 billion in India through 2020, the company noted.
Coca-Cola requires a deep and meaningful shared-value approach to appeal to consumers and stakeholders who increasingly judge companies and brands as much on the content of their character as the quality of the products and services they produce and market, according to a Cannes Lions presentation by Joseph Tripodi, executive vice president and chief marketing and commercial officer for The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta.
The Coca-Cola Foundation, the global philanthropic arm of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., awarded $26 million in grants to 85 community organizations during the first quarter of 2012. The grants support the foundation’s global priority areas, including the following: $9.7 million for water stewardship; $3.6 million for fitness and nutrition; $7.4 million for education; and $4.9 million for community recycling and other local priorities such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, youth development and civic initiatives.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, as well as Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co., Pittsburgh-based The H.J. Heinz Co., Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike Inc. and Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble announced the formation of the Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC), a strategic working group focused on accelerating the development and use of 100 percent plant-based PET materials and fiber in their products.