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Comment – Soft Drinks & Water - Where Next for Pepsi Next? 9 Apr 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

Just over six months ago, PepsiCo garnered quite a few headlines when it launched Pepsi Next in Australia. What caught the industry's eye was that this marked the first time that the company had used stevia in the reduced-sugar brand. Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a closer look at the variant and asks: What's next?


Comment – Soft Drinks & Water - Soft Drink or Objet D’Art? 14 Mar 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd looks at some of the pack designs being implemented for soft drinks and asks, is the industry in the business of selling beverages, or has it inappropriately diversified into the art world?


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Monster Gain, But For Whom? 25 Feb 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

Earlier this month, Monster Beverage said it would reclassify its namesake energy drinks range from being a dietary supplement to a “conventional food”. Ray Rowlands, director of beverage research company Drinksinfo Ltd, investigates the proposed change and considers whether the changes merely serve the interests of the brand owner with no real benefit to the actual consumer.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Let’s End the CSD Witch Hunt 17 Jan 2013

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

Ray Rowlands, director of beverage research company Drinksinfo Ltd, is hoping to tone down the hysteria surrounding the negative effects of drinking carbonated soft drinks. Do you fancy his chances?


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Bottled Water in Nigeria 2 Nov 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

This month, Ray Rowlands, from independent beverage research company Drinksinfo, takes a closer look at the massive and constantly-expanding Nigerian packaged water market.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - India and Multi-Nationalism 16 Oct 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

This month, Ray Rowlands of independent beverage research company Drinksinfo investigates the recent outrage caused by the intended opening of the Indian retail market to foreign investors, and compares the impact that a similar development has had on the country’s soft drinks market.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Crisis Looming Down Under? 4 Sep 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

In his latest column, Ray Rowlands, of independent research agency Drinksinfo, looks at the soft drinks market in Australia: a sector in a country that many had previously thought could ride out the global economic downturn.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - ThaiBev: Asia’s Hidden Giant 9 Aug 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

This month, Ray Rowlands turns the spotlight on ThaiBev and explores how, by stealth and shrewd planning, the liquor conglomerate has also developed into a leading player in the Thai soft drinks market.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Iced Tea, Baby! 14 Jun 2012

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This month, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd casts his gaze in the direction of iced tea, and the category's development from its early beginnings to today’s multi-billion dollar business.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Responsible Packaging 16 May 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

This month, Ray Rowlands, takes a look at the developing role of PET in soft drinks and its environmental impact.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Energise Me! 19 Apr 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

This month, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd revisits the energy drinks category to see what has been going on in the evolution of what has been the soft drinks industry's star performer in recent years.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - 4-MEI Inviting 'New Coke' Repeat? 20 Mar 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

A change in legislation in California this month has put The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo in a soft drink pickle. Ray Rowlands, for one, fears a case of history repeating itself.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Shifting Focus at Coca-Cola Co 1 Mar 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

The Coca-Cola Co has spent the last 20 years diversifying its portfolio. Where once the rest of the stable cowered in Coke's shadow, more of the company's brands are now grabbing the spotlight and delivering growth. Ray Rowlands looks at how the firm has benefitted from covering bases.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - India Calling 24 Jan 2012

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

The soft drinks industry has been buzzing about China for quite some time. But, look in its shadow, and one can see India - a market that could eclipse its neighbour in the future. Ray Rowlands casts his eye over the market.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Stevia Poised to Burst Obesity Bubble? 24 Nov 2011

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

This month, Ray Rowlands, of independent research agency Drinksinfo, focuses on the issue of soft drinks-related obesity and the potential opportunities that this offers for stevia, the natural sugar-free sweetener that is hogging the headlines this month.


Comment – Soft Drinks & Water – So, What's Next? 31 Oct 2011

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

It's crystal ball time for Ray Rowlands from DrinksInfo. This month, Ray takes a guess at what future trends in soft drinks and water will shape the categories in the months and years to come.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - The Future? Plastics! 27 Sep 2011

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

The soft drinks and water categories are not short on controversial issues. One of the most actively-argued areas is packaging. This month, Ray Rowlands looks at what direction drinks producers are heading in when it comes to what holds their products.


Comment – Soft Drinks & Water - The Future of Bottled Water 9 Aug 2011

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Drinksinfo's Ray Rowlands takes a look at the impact that the recession has had on the bottled water market and considers the future for the category.


Comment – Soft Drinks & Water – Coca-Cola Amatil and SABMiller: A Profitable Separation 30 Jun 2011

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

Ray Rowlands of independent research consultancy Drinksinfo Ltd considers the potential outcome for Australia's Coca-Cola Amatil should SABMiller eventually succeed in its bid for the Foster’s Group's beer business.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Energy Drinks Evolution 10 May 2011

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

After bursting onto the scene a few years back, energy drinks have lost some of their early buzz. Ray Rowlands, from market research firm DrinksInfo, examines ways that drinks makers have sought to retain consumers' interest and how innovation could shape the future of the category.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Aussies Rule? Think Again 22 Mar 2011

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

The recent attempt by Asahi Breweries of Japan to buy P&N Beverages has led Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd to delve into the bedrock of the current ownership status of Australia’s beverage industry with some startling results.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Low-Calorie Carbonates Under Fire 22 Feb 2011

Column: Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - What Does Ray Say?

Following the retirement of our soft drinks & water commentator, Annette Farr, at the end of last year, just-drinks has doubled up. Starting this month, we have two new columnists considering the state of the soft drinks & water categories. First up, Ray Rowlands from market research firm DrinksInfo takes a look at the opportunity afforded to low-calorie and no-calorie variants. However, the opportunity is marked by perils and pitfalls, Rowlands believes.

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