Soft drink companies approached the category this year by addressing consumers’ desires for natural products as well as introducing new packaging and marketing campaigns. The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, reported that volume for sparkling beverages in North America grew 3 percent excluding new cross-licensed brands, primarily Dr Pepper, in the first quarter of 2011.
Together with musicians Dizzee Rascal, Eliza Doolittle, You Me At Six and a number of London 2012 athletic hopefuls, Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. launched a campaign soliciting nominations of inspirational young people in the U.K. to carry the Olympic Flame during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay next summer. These young individuals, called Future Flames, will be recognized for the positive contributions they have made in their communities.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, is creating greater awareness for the Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011 through an integrated marketing campaign. “We share the values of Special Olympics and the vision of acceptance, inclusion and optimism,” said Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Co., in a statement. “One of the best ways we can support Special Olympics is by communicating those positive messages to the millions of people that reach for a Coca-Cola every day.”
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