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Coffee and doughnuts – Will The Coca-Cola Co’s Dunkin’ Donuts move pay off? - Comment 25 Oct 2016

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

This month, soft drinks commentator Ray Rowlands focuses on the recently-announced marriage between The Coca-Cola Co and coffee house chain Dunkin' Donuts, and contemplates where the tie-up might eventually lead.


How soft drinks can exploit alcohol's loss - Comment 15 Sep 2016

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

This month, Ray Rowlands explores the world of adult soft drinks and highlights the growing threat they pose to the alcoholic drinks industry.


What does the future hold for bottled water? - Comment 9 Aug 2016

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

Bottled water looks set to overtake soda as the number one soft drink choice in the US. Here, Ray Rowlands examines how the global bottled water market has developed and how it will continue to evolve.


Coca-Cola Beverages Africa - A new powerhouse is created - Comment 19 Jul 2016

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

This month, Ray Rowlands looks at how The Coca-Cola Co, SABMiller, and Gutsche Family Investments have teamed up to create Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, and considers some of its implications for the region.


Why has Coca-Cola Co, Coca-Cola FEMSA entered the soy segment? - Comment 7 Jun 2016

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

This month, Ray Rowlands runs the rule over The Coca-Cola Co and Coc-Cola FEMSA's joint purchase of the AdeS soy-based brand and asks, is it really a viable asset or actually a potential liability?


The blurred lines of drinks categories - Comment 12 Apr 2016

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

This month, soft drinks commentator Ray Rowlands  takes a look at the intriguing world of cross-over beverages.


The death of carbonated soft drinks, but the fizz lives on - Comment 17 Mar 2016

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

This month, soft drinks commentator Ray Rowlands takes a look at how various beverage companies are still keeping bubbles alive, despite the on-going decline in the world's carbonated soft drinks markets.


Coca-Cola Co's Nigerian ambitions - Comment 9 Feb 2016

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

This month, Ray Rowlands sets his sights on the recently-announced Nigerian venture between The Coca-Cola Co and the Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group.


Is iced coffee the next big soft drinks trend? - Comment 12 Jan 2016

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

With the festive season over for another year, Ray Rowlands steps away from the mulled wine and mince pies to consider the progress of the iced coffee segment. In the UK, this is one of the smaller soft drink categories at present, for whom the seasonal window of demand has appeared somewhat limited. But, this may be about to change as exciting developments bolster category interest.


Will McDonalds' tie-up help Monster catch Red Bull in energy drinks race? - Comment 3 Nov 2015

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

This month, Ray Rowlands turns his attention to the recently-reported link-up in the US between Monster Beverage Corp and the McDonald’s fast-food chain.


Japan's drinks companies and the global soft drinks race - Comment 8 Oct 2015

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

This month, Ray Rowlands follows the progress of the latest Japanese company to look beyond its domestic market: DyDo Drinco has high hopes for its entry into Turkey.


How can the Coca-Cola system make hay in Indonesia? - Comment 8 Sep 2015

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

This month, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd puts the spotlight on Indonesia and examines The Coa-Cola Co’s commitment, and that of its regional bottler CCA, to investing in this potentially bountiful Asian market.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Tesco’s Random Attack on (Some) Soft Drinks 4 Aug 2015

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

This month, Drinksinfo's Ray Rowlands looks at UK supermarket chain Tesco's decision to pull certain soft drinks brands from its shelves.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Soda Making is a Craft 8 Jul 2015

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

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a crafty look at what PepsiCo is doing in its attempt to reverse the downward trend in the US soda market.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Can Ireland Realise its Potential? 12 Jun 2015

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

Ray Rowlands, of Drinksinfo Ltd, turns his attention to the oft-overlooked Irish soft drinks market and considers its potential, relative to its larger neighbour, the UK.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water - Will the Sweetener Battle turn Sour? 5 May 2015

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

Following the announcement that PepsiCo is dropping aspartame from its diet cola in the US, Drinksinfo's Ray Rowlands analyses the potential effect this could have on the country's soda market in general and on the company in particular.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Kraft, Heinz and the Merger Landscape 7 Apr 2015

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

Following the announcement that Kraft Foods and Heinz are to merge, Ray Rowlands looks at some other actual - and would-be - company unions and asks, who might be next?


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Is Australia the Real Home of Innovation? 3 Mar 2015

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

Having recently returned from Australia, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd, takes a look at some of the recent soft drinks developments he encountered Down Under and draws the conclusion that, rather than being an isolated backwater, Australia is actually at the cutting edge of innovation.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water - Things are Big, Down Mexico Way 3 Feb 2015

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

It's to Mexico for Ray Rowlands this month. How have the soft drinks and bottled water categories fared, one year on from the introduction of a tax on full-sugar drinks in the country?


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Ringing in the New Year 6 Jan 2015

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

Now that the Champagne corks have finished popping and the fireworks are all but a pleasant memory, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd says goodbye to the old year and contemplates some of the issues facing the soft drinks industry in 2015.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Red Bull Doesn't Give You Actual Wings 14 Oct 2014

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

Following the news that Red Bull will have to drop its “Red Bull gives you wings” tagline in the US due to misleading advertising, Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a look at some other contentious marketing, and finds that energy drinks are not the only beverages that have got into hot water over promotional claims.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Russia in Turmoil 9 Sep 2014

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

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a look at the changing face of the Russian beverage market and reviews the impact of the current economic and political situation on the country’s demand for soft drinks.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - A Monster of a Deal 26 Aug 2014

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

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd reviews Coca-Cola Co's link-up with Monster Beverage Corp and contemplates PepsiCo’s reaction to the purchase.


Comment – Soft Drinks & Bottled Water - Strong Potential in the Middle East 8 Jul 2014

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

In the latest of his monthly columns for just-drinks, Ray Rowlands from Drinksinfo Ltd turns his sights on the Middle East, giving a synopsis of soft drinks trends plus a review of recent and forthcoming events affecting the region.


Comment - Soft Drinks - Will Sunny Delight Re-Energise Itself? 12 Jun 2014

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

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a trip down memory lane to look at an iconic juice drinks brand of the 1990s - Sunny Delight. He charts its progress up to the present day, including its latest venture into the energy drinks arena.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Medicinal Water: Just What the Doctor Ordered 6 May 2014

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

Ray Rowlands, of Drinksinfo Ltd, explores medicinal water, a segment of the bottled water category that, whilst offering undeniable health benefits, has been largely rejected by the global consumer.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - PepsiCo: Time to Split? 10 Apr 2014

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

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.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Asahi in Expansion Mode 13 Mar 2014

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

As its Japanese home market struggles to expand Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd looks at the recent overseas ventures that the Asahi Group has undertaken in its hunt for growth culminating in its latest foray, this time in the Indonesian soft drinks arena.


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - SodaStream Ban Highlights Sorry State of Affairs 4 Feb 2014

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

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd reports on the recent controversy surrounding the SodaStream Super Bowl advert in the US and asks, who really gained from its rejection by the media?


Comment - Soft Drinks & Water - Will Shaking the Coca-Cola Bottle Return the Fizz? 9 Jan 2014

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

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd starts 2014 with a look at the latest attempts by The Coca-Cola Co to reverse declining soda sales in its North American homeland.

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