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Ray Rowlands can see both sides of the PepsiCo spin-off rowComment - Soft Drinks & Water - PepsiCo: Time to Split?

10 April 2014

Last month, Nelson Peltz of Trian Fund Management sent a 37-page letter to PepsiCo's board urging it to spin off, what he described as, its struggling beverage business. Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd looks at the pros and cons of such a monumental undertaking and draws his own conclusions.

US: PepsiCo takes Buffalo Wild Wings from Coca-Cola Co - report

13 December 2013

PepsiCo is to replace the Coca-Cola Co as the non-alcoholic beverage provider for Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in the US, according to reports.

Round-Up - NPD: Soft Drink Flavour Enhancers Look Like a Free-For-All in 2014

28 October 2013

This month, Tom Vierhile from Datamonitor looks at the small but booming soft drink sub-category of 'flavour enhancers'; the 21st Century's answer to the squashes and cordials of yore.

Analysis - Coca-Cola Co loses out to PepsiCo in China's bottled water race

25 September 2013

The Coca-Cola Co has “stubbed its toe” in China's bottled water market and lost ground to PepsiCo so far this year, an analyst has warned.

US: Mondelez takeover "too risky" - PepsiCo CFO

29 July 2013

PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnston has insisted a takeover of Mondelez International would be "too risky" after calls from activist investor Nelson Peltz to carry out the deal.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Fishy Moves in the Cola Market

8 May 2013

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd considers some of the product innovations that have shaped the US cola market following news of the pending launch of an omega-3 variant.

just the Winners - 2013 InnoBev Sustainability Awards

17 April 2013

The winners of this year's InnoBev Sustainability Awards were announced in Warsaw yesterday (16 April), during the ninth InnoBev Global Beverages Congress.

Product Launch - US: Ocean Spray's Premium Cranberry and Blueberry Juice

18 January 2013

Ocean Spray has partnered with PepsiCo-owned Tropicana to introduce a new range to the chilled juice aisle.

Product Launch - INDIA: PepsiCo's Tropicana powder mix

20 December 2012

PepsiCo is to launch a powered version of its Tropicana fruit juice across India to “fulfil the need gaps” for consumers in the country.

Comment - Can PepsiCo teach the Coca-Cola Co lessons in China?

17 October 2012

If you take the top-line figures, there was only one winner in this quarter's edition of the Big Soda smackdown.

Research in Focus - Soft Drinks: How Consumption Patterns Drive Branding and Product Development

5 October 2012

In 2011, global soft drinks sales reached 609bn litres, up by 4% over the previous year and continuing a steady upwards trend. At the same time, global consumption continues to evolve, both in terms of what consumers are buying as well as how, where and - perhaps most importantly - why.

US: PepsiCo appoints Americas Beverages president

16 August 2012

PepsiCo is set to move its Western Europe head into the newly-created role of PepsiCo Americas Beverages president.

US: PepsiCo adds bottle pack to Tropicana stable

7 August 2012

PepsiCo has launched an 89oz packaging variant for its Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice brand in the US.

PHILIPPINES: Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines' H1 profits soar 436%

30 July 2012

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines (PCPPI) has posted a 436% rise in its first-half profits, fuelled by strong cola growth.

INDIA: Non-sparkling soft drinks market set for 35% annual growth - trade group

28 June 2012

Health concerns among India's youth will see the non-carbonated soft drinks market grow by 35% annually despite its higher unit price, the Indian chambers of commerce has said.

UK: PepsiCo recalls contaminated kids Tropicana multi-packs

3 May 2012

PepsiCo has been forced to withdraw 277 Tropicana Kids Orange Juice multi-packs in the UK due to contamination.

just the Facts - The 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend

25 April 2012

Earlier this week, Harris Interactive released its annual study of brand health for beverages in the US.

Product Launch - US: PepsiCo's Tropicana Trop50 Juice with Tea line, Red Orange

24 April 2012

PepsiCo's Tropicana Trop50 Juice with Tea line, Red Orange

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

1 March 2012

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.

US: FDA clears five countries for orange juice imports

23 January 2012

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared orange juice imports from five countries, following negative tests for the fungicide carbendazim.

Update - US: PepsiCo returns to Florida oranges for Tropicana Pure

18 January 2012

PepsiCo has said it is returning to using only oranges from Florida in its Tropicana Pure Premium juices amid concern about a banned fungicide found in juice sourced from Brazil.

US: PepsiCo faces lawsuit over Tropicana claims - report

11 January 2012

A US consumer has filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo in the US over the firm's Tropicana orange juice claims, according to reports.

Focus - What's Eating PepsiCo?

16 November 2011

PepsiCo's CEO, Indra Nooyi, is under pressure; the group's strategic review has been extended and, this week, talk of a business split has been fuelled by the arrival of activist investor Nelson Peltz. So, asks Michelle Russell, what's eating PepsiCo?

CHINA: PepsiCo sells bottling operations to Tingyi Holding Corp

4 November 2011

PepsiCo has sold its bottling operations in China to Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp in exchange for a stake in the noodle and soft drinks maker's business.

In the Spotlight - PepsiCo, Tingyi Holding to heat up competition

4 November 2011

An alliance announced this morning (4 November) between PepsiCo and Tingyi Holding has been hailed by analysts as a smart move for both firms, and a signal that competition is set to intensify in China's soft drinks market.

just The Facts - Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp

4 November 2011

This morning (4 November), PepsiCo announced the sale of its bottling operations in China to Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp in exchange for a stake in the noodle and soft drinks maker's business.

Functional Drinks – Part I: Introduction and Overview

20 October 2011

The functional beverages category represents a key part of the functional food industry and, as such, exemplifies two defining yet contrasting characteristics of this sector of the market: Its considerable growth potential and its ability to court controversy.

Functional Drinks – Part II: Growth Potential, Investment and Challenges

20 October 2011

According to Leatherhead Food Research, the global market for functional food and beverages, currently worth around US$23bn, is set to grow by between 3% and 5% over the next five years. Both specialist and mainstream drinks manufacturers have fostered that growth and are seeking to capitalise on it.

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - The Future? Plastics!

27 September 2011

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.

US: PepsiCo makes senior executive changes

14 September 2011

PepsiCo has announced several executive changes, including the appointment of a CEO of PepsiCo Americas Beverages.

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