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

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

By: Ray Rowlands

Ray Rowlands from market research firm DrinksInfo gives his monthly view on the latest issues affecting the soft drinks & water categories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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