Coconut Water 2012
Coconut Water 2012
The market for coconut water beverages grew 100% in 2011 taking the combined retail sales value of the US and European markets to over $265 million (€196 million). The achievement is all the more amazing because it’s a premium-priced category. The market is expected to grow another 50% in 2012. This report sets out which brands are successful and why and defines the key drivers for the coconut water phenomenon.
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About this report
Coconut water has a massive advantage as an ingredient - it connects to consumers' desire for "naturality" - the biggest trend in the food and beverage business, worldwide.
Coconut water meets consumers' expectations for products that are "free-from" artificial colours, preservatives or additives and free-from any allergens.
Coconut water is also "naturally functional": it naturally has 15 times the amount of potassium found in the equivalent volume of most sports drinks. As well as being isotonic and naturally sweet, coconut water is low in calories - with only 19-24 calories per 100ml, compared to 43 calories per 100ml for orange juice.
Rule number one in the current market is at the root of coconut's success: the message that a food or food ingredient has a natural and intrinsic health benefit is one of the most persuasive that people can hear.
This unique report provides our trademark detailed, independent and opinionated analysis, using supermarket sales data and interviews with executives at all of the companies concerned, as well as independent beverage industry experts.
The report covers:
ingredients and nutrition profiles
marketing communications strategy
The cool coconut and Rihanna: Vita Coco, the market leader, which has given a 1% stake to Rihanna, the Barbadian-born singer and model, who has become the face of the brand.
Table of contentsExecutive summary
1. What is coconut water?
1.1 Coconut water satisfies the rules for marketing natural health
1.2 What is coconut water?
1.3 Natural health benefits
1.4 A benefit people can feel
1.5 Coconut water taps into demand for a natural sports drink
1.6 A premium-priced business
1.7 The future for coconut water: the next Superfood
2. Natural functionality drives growth for European coconut water
Case study 1: Green Coco
Taste is key
No need for a health claim
Green Coco shows how to take a concept to market
Control of supply key to success
New products, new channels
Funding key to entrepreneurial success
Green Coco optimistic about for coconut water in Europe
3. Entrepreneurs drive growth of US coconut category
3.1 A new point of difference in the US sports drink market
3.2 Market shares of leading brands
3.3 Supply chain challenge
3.4 Appearance of more startups
3.5 PepsiCo's Phenom
Case Study 2: Vita Coco
Lifestyle and nostalgia consumers
Expanding in Europe
Case Study 3: Zico
Case Study 4: O.N.E. (One Natural Experience)
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