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How Cott Corp Weathered Private-Label's Storm - Comment 13 Aug 2015

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

The theory goes that, as times grew tighter, private label companies were well-placed to reap the harvest. Cott Corp, however, showed that this was not as straightforward a theory as one would believe. Richard Corbett looks at how the company has performed and what it has done to turn around its fortunes.


Soft Drink Deaths Claim: A Case for the Defence is Needed - Comment 15 Jul 2015

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

The soft drinks industry has responded with some ire to a study from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, US.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Energy Drinks Get Safety Boost 9 Jun 2015

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

The concept of a drink that can give you an instant hit of energy was always going to be a winning formula.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Could Nestle Waters Gatecrash the Diet CSD party? 13 May 2015

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

I recall the story of a well-known racehorse trainer, out on his gallops one spring morning watching his string of horses when a rainbow appeared. One of the stable lads, riding a particularly well thought of horse, shouted across to the trainer telling him that if he looked behind the rainbow he would find a pot of gold. "You idiot" the trainer retorted back. "You don’t need to look behind a rainbow for a pot of gold. You’re sitting on one." I think that Nestle Waters has looked at its stable of brands and realised it too may already be sitting on its own pot of gold.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Will Keurig Kold come to Coca-Cola Co's Rescue? 16 Apr 2015

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

Will the next innovation in at-home carbonation prove to be the silver bullet for The Coca-Cola Co? Richard Corbett considers the prospects for the Keurig Kold.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Nichols' Vimto Highlights Middle Eastern Promise 10 Mar 2015

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

This month, Richard Corbett looks at the Middle East, a region that offers a wealth of opportunities to the soft drinks and bottled water category.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water - Cocktail Hour at AG Barr after Funkin Move 10 Feb 2015

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

Earlier this month, AG Barr announced its purchase of the cocktail and syrups producer, Funkin. Richard Corbett looks at the deal and considers the likelihood of success from Barr's Funkin move.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - European Soft Drink Innovation on the Up 13 Jan 2015

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

Richard Corbett takes his annual look back at the winners and losers in soft drink NPD last year.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - IPO Launch a Tonic for Fever-Tree 18 Nov 2014

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

Earlier this month, UK-based Fever-Tree launched an IPO, almost ten years after launching its namesake line of mixers. Richard Corbett believes both the company and its brand are firmly on the road to global success.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Flat Water in Western Europe a Worry for Nestlé 28 Oct 2014

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

Bottled water appears to have been the biggest victim of the economic downturn, particularly in Western Europe. Richard Corbett takes a look at the prospects for one of the larger water players in the region, Nestlé.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - 2014 to be Groundhog Year for Western Europe 23 Sep 2014

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

The markets of Western Europe have long been the engine for soft drinks companies, generating steady returns and providing a dependable working environment. But, the global economic downturn has hit the region hard. Richard Corbett surveys the wreckage.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Into Africa 12 Aug 2014

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

This month, Richard Corbett turns his attention to the potential offered to soft drinks companies by the markets of Africa.


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.

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