Fine dining, full-service, fast-casual and quick-service restaurants sometimes have different clientele, but at the end of the day, finding ways to entice consumers back to foodservice locations is the goal.
Like most beverage companies, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas, can look back on the past year as one of the most unique and challenging in decades. But DPS faced the added pressure of being spun off from London-based Cadbury Schweppes last spring, leaving it to deal with the rapidly changing marketplace all on its own.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group has 24 production plants in the United States and Mexico, and more than 200 distribution centers. Unique to the Texas-based soft drink company, however, is its hybrid system of distribution.
Tea benefits from a reputation for both health and refreshment, which has put it in something of a sweet spot for the past several years. But economic challenges have hit this category as hard as any other, resulting in retail sales losses for the ready-to-drink category, and only a slight gain in the bagged and loose leaf segment, according to data from Information Resources Inc., Chicago.
This spring, in order to better serve its customers, Coca-Cola United opened a new 781,000-square-foot production and distribution facility in Baton Rouge, La., for its Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co. division.