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Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Coke Life: Hit or Miss? 16 Jul 2014

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

A year on from its South American debut, The Coca-Cola Co is taking Coca-Cola Life to the west. Richard Corbett considers the new brand extension, and its prospects for success.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Monster Success: Know Your Consumer 20 May 2014

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Never far from the headlines, Monster Beverage Corp has caught Richard Corbett's eye; be it for its near-constant presence in litigation or its healthy set of Q1 numbers earlier this month.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Glass Still Classy 25 Apr 2014

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Earlier this month, private equity fund KPS Capital Partners committed to pay Ardagh Glass a not inconsiderable sum of money for Anchor Glass. But, will it be money well spent? Richard Corbett investigates.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Slimmed-Down Low-Cal Sales a Cause for Concern 18 Mar 2014

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

The low-calorie soft drinks segment is struggling globally, which is ironic considering the pressure that has come to bear on full-sugar CSDs in recent years. This month, Richard Corbett considers how the sub-category can turn things around.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - The Kitchen: The New Soft Drink Frontline 18 Feb 2014

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Earlier this month, The Coca-Cola Co took aim at the in-home carbonation market, through its tie-up with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Richard Corbett surveys the battlefield.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - NPD in Europe in 2013: And the Winner is… 23 Jan 2014

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Ahead of the Oscars, due to be handed out in just over a month's time, Richard Corbett has some gongs of his own to hand out. In recognition of the best new soft drinks products in 2013, who will win a Corbett?


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - An Inconvenient Truth for Soft Drinks 27 Nov 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

This month, Richard Corbett looks at the changing role of the convenience store when it comes to soft drinks and bottled water sales.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Sunshine Cheer for Soft Drinks Players 24 Oct 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

The sun is about to turn in for the winter here in the northern hemisphere. As he waves goodbye to a good Summer, Richard Corbett considers what the weather does for consumption across the soft drinks and bottled water categories.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Hot Ginger Ale: A Soft Drink Revolution? 17 Sep 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Earlier this month, The Coca-Cola Co announced the release of a new product in Japan. No major surprise there, but the product in question is a hot, carbonated beverage. Richard Corbett casts his eye over Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale and weighs up its potential for success.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Juice Volumes Squeezed in West Europe 22 Aug 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

This month, Richard Corbett looks at the juice category and its recent struggles in Western Europe. How does the future look for juice in the region?


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - AG Barr Jilted at Britvic's Altar, But What Now? 23 Jul 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Although AG Barr was on its way to the church earlier this month, Britvic was still having second thoughts. The end of the affair leads Richard Corbett to ponder what went wrong for the two and what happens next.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Invest in PR - and Cricket - to Unlock Indian Promise 18 Jun 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

The path for international soft drinks companies in India has been littered with potholes. But, as a relative calm sets in, Richard Corbett assesses the opportunities and suggests how to hit the big time in the country.


Comment - Soft Drinks - Industry Can Avoid Rising Tide of Regulation 24 May 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Soft drinks are becoming a target for health campaigners in the same way as tobacco and alcohol are. Increased taxes are now a real threat. But, as Richard Corbett argues, if producers move swiftly they can see off these threats.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Head Back to Nature's Larder 23 Apr 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

In his latest comment piece for just-drinks, soft drinks & bottled water observer Richard Corbett tells us of his time out in the jungle, and what it taught him about the future for the category.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Innocent on all Charges 21 Mar 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Late last month, the Coca-Cola Co announced that it is set to take majority control of UK smoothie and juice producer Innocent. Sure enough, the cries of "sell-out" came thick and fast. But, Richard Corbett argues, the firm's tie-up with the world's biggest soft drinks company is not only a good thing; it's also vital for the brand's future growth.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Ribena and Lucozade: Cash In, or Invest? 19 Feb 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Earlier this month, UK pharmaceutical and "consumer healthcare" conglomerate GSK took a look at its Lucozade and Ribena brands, and set itself a choice: Does it sell the two, or does it look at setting up an investment programme? Richard Corbett considers the firm's dilemma.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Looking into the Crystal Ball for 2013 29 Jan 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

This month, it's Richard Corbett's turn to take a guess at what the future holds for the soft drinks and bottled water categories.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - NPD in Europe in 2012; And the Winner is… 15 Nov 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Richard Corbett is keen to kick off the end-of-year review season. In this month's column, he looks back at the new product development arena in soft drinks in Europe.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - For Ladies of a Certain Age 11 Oct 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Richard Corbett believes he has found a consumer segment that is ripe for growth in the stagnant markets for soft drinks producers.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Britvic First to the Barr 19 Sep 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

The biggest news to hit the soft drinks and bottle water categories in recent times is this month's announcement that AG Barr and Britvic are pondering a merger. Richard Corbett picks holes in the two company's portfolios, but not before he apologises.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Olympic Tension for Sports Drinks 21 Aug 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

The flags have been folded away, the medals handed out and the Olympic flag handed to the Mayor of Rio: London 2012 is over and Richard Corbett, like many, enjoyed it. But, did sports drinks producers get as much from the Olympics as he did?


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Britvic's Bottle is Still Half Full 17 Jul 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Richard Corbett has some encouraging words for Britvic, and that's something the company will warmly welcome right now.


Comment – Soft Drinks & Water - Greek Soft Drinks in the Hands of the Gods 22 May 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Will they? Won't they? The plight of Greece and its people is a daily story across Europe and, as it appears more likely that the country will have to pull out of the Eurozone, the soft drinks and bottled water industry, like many others, is watching through its fingers as things unfold. Richard Corbett takes a look at the lay of the land and prays for sun.


Comment - SodaStream: Time to Get Busy with the Fizzy, Again 26 Apr 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Richard Corbett is in a reminiscing kind of mood this month. Let the fogs of time clear, and hear him discover a drink maker from his youth that could be due a comeback some time soon.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Stagnant Water in Western Europe 27 Mar 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

At last week's Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference, Danone faced up to the challenges its bottled water division faces in Western Europe. Richard Corbett concurs and sympathises. But, Richard warns, beware of the emerging markets: The rewards they promise come only from booming volumes.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Cans Fizz in Flat Europe 6 Mar 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

In his latest commentary, Richard Corbett considers the rise, fall and rise again of the drinks can. The format is in the midst of a renaissance, and Corbett thinks the economic plight has played an unexpected role in the success story.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Red Bull Still Stimulates, 30 Years On 7 Feb 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

One normally celebrates the birth, not the conception. But, it is 30 years since the Red Bull concept first started taking shape. Following the announcement late last month that the company is to build a new plant in Brazil, Richard Corbett investigates the secrets behind Red Bull's success.


Comment – Soft Drinks & Water - The French Should Look to Denmark 11 Jan 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Last week, the French authorities carried out their threat and introduced a tax on CSDs. Richard Corbett believes, however, that the French should look north, to Denmark, to see how effective - or not - such a move will be on a nation's pattern of consumption.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Learning to Live with Private Label 6 Dec 2011

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

The downturn has proved a fillip for private label soft drinks brands. In his last commentary of the year, Richard Corbett takes a look at the sub-category, and warns that the stigma attached to buying 'shops-own' is dead and buried.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Quenching China’s Thirst 25 Oct 2011

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

This month, Richard Corbett heads east and considers the potential - and the pitfalls - that China has for the soft drinks and water producers of the West.

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