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Richard Corbett

Richard CorbettBiography

Richard Corbett has worked in the drinks industry for 13 years, ten of which were spent researching for Beverage Research Specialist Canadean. He has been the market analyst with Soft Drinks International since early-2004.

Columns by Richard Corbett

Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of CorbettComment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Bit of Corbett

Each month, Richard Corbett casts his eye over the soft drinks & water categories.

Articles by Richard Corbett

Is PepsiCo's Stubborn Soda range suitable enough to be deemed craft?Where does 'craft' sit in soft drinks? - Comment 28 February 2017

While the term craft continues to dominate many areas of the drinks industry, the soft drinks category appears to be immune to the concept. Richard Corbett considers the opportunity, and looks at those who come closest to donning the craft mantle.


What does 2017 have in store for the soft drinks category?What's coming up in soft drinks in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment 24 January 2017

just-drinks' preview of the year ahead continues. As our category commentators give us their views on what 2017 has in store, Richard Corbett chips in with his predictions for the soft drinks sector.


Taking the rough with the smooth is a pre-requisite for success in AsiaWhy taking the hit in Asia is worth it for soft drinks - Comment 24 November 2016

Long considered a colourful place to do business, Asia has grown increasingly important for soft drinks companies who are chasing growth. Richard Corbett takes a look at the region and finds that the perceived risk is most certainly worth taking.


The scene is set for stevia to shine, so long as its past does not set precedentWhy stevia can still win in soft drinks - Comment 21 October 2016

Consumer trends, along with government pressure and drinks companies' calorie pledges, mean the future for stevia is bright, regardless of its chequered past. Richard Corbett explains.


The sports drinks segment needs to re-engage with consumers in Western Europe, argues Richard CorbettWhy are sports drinks failing to ride the Olympic wave? - Comment 22 September 2016

This month, soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett looks at the sports drinks category and considers its continued reliance on one market at a time when its global future should look considerably more upbeat.


Has Diet Coke passed its sell-by date? - Comment 16 August 2016

This month, soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett looks at Coca-Cola's most successful brand extension and ponders its relevance in today's soft drinks arena.


Could the hangover be an opportunity for the soft drinks category?How the hangover could be a marketing opportunity for soft drinks - Comment 12 July 2016

We (nearly) all suffer from them, and yet we all counter them with different measures. Could the soft drinks industry be missing an opportunity to surf the hangover wave? Richard Corbett reports.


Britvic is on the hunt for the next J20 success storyHow soft drinks can win big when targeting adult consumers - Comment 21 June 2016

At the turn of the century, Britvic paid what many considered at the time to be an awful lot of money for Orchid Drinks. The company made drinks for grown-ups - or, as they are more often known, adult soft drinks.


Soft drinks gain fizz in EuropeIs 2016 boom time for soft drinks in West Europe? - Comment 19 May 2016

A mild start to the year in many West European markets, coupled with an earlier Easter, looks to have aided the fortunes of the region’s soft drinks category in the first quarter of 2016. In its soon-to-be published Quarterly Beverage Tracker, Canadean is set to predict a marginal increase in soft drinks demand in the year so far.


Ball Corp started its pursuit of Rexam in February... last yearWill Ball Corp's patience for Rexam be rewarded with 2016 can bonanza? - Comment 12 May 2016

Like all mega takeover deals, Ball Corp's purchase of fellow can maker Rexam has been a long, drawn-out process. It was way back in February last year that the US$6.6bn agreement was first announced, and yet it took nearly a year to get the blessing of the European Commission.


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