New products from Beam Suntory helped Coca-Cola Amatils alcohol unit boost its sales in 2016

New products from Beam Suntory helped Coca-Cola Amatil's alcohol unit boost its sales in 2016

Earlier this week, Coca-Cola Amatil issued its results for 2016. The group saw its 12-month sales rise by just over 1%, with net profits on an organic basis increasing by 6%. Here, just-drinks breaks down Coca-Cola Amatil's figures for last year by region.

Coca-Cola Amatil Full-Year 2016 - Net Sales by Segment

Source: Company results

  • Australian Beverages - Sales -3.4%, volumes -2.1%

CCA saw its domestic market struggle last year, with the group blaming "ongoing competitive pressure in the water and cola categories". While volumes from the still beverages portfolio were up in the country by 3% - thanks in part to the addition of Monster Energy to the stable - the performance was more than offset by a near-5% slide in sparkling beverages volumes.

  • New Zealand & Fiji - Sales +7.5%, volumes +9.6%

Both New Zealand and Fiji delivered healthy numbers in 2016. The higher volumes rise was a result of the "change in product and channel mix" in New Zealand, where both still and sparkling stables were up. Fiji benefited from a "robust" economic climate in 2016, although excise increases affected the group's sales in the country during the second half of the year.

  • Indonesia & Papua New Guinea - Sales +4.4%, volumes +6.2%

Indonesia was credited with performing "strongly", although economic conditions in the country were "soft" last year. A good first half, thanks to the Ramadan festive period from 7 June to 6 July, was followed by a slower second half, "reflecting the overall economy and trends in the consumer sector".

  • Alcohol & Coffee - Sales +22.9%

Finally, special mention must be made for CCA's alcohol division, comprising the Australian distribution of Beam Suntory's brands and, since October, Molson Coors' Miller portfolio. The alcohol & coffee unit posted double-digit leaps in both sales and volumes in 2016, with new Beam Suntory products - such as the Jim Beam Citrus Highball Grapefruit RTD - driving the numbers. The addition of Miller Genuine Draft and Miller Chill to CCA's premium beer portfolio late in the year also contributed to the impressive numbers.