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Growth Strategies in Soft Drinks

4 Aug 2000

It's a multi-million dollar market and there's no indication that the bubble will burst. Apart from poor weather, it seems that nothing will stop the European soft drinks industry from growing further and faster. In 1998 alone, retail sales were worth in excess of US$44.6m, up 12.5% since 1994 according to Euromonitor International's report, The Market for Soft Drinks in Western Europe. Retail volume reached 57,642m litres, a 15% rise during the same period.

CANADA: Cott Corporation Responds To Unsolicited, Below-Market Offer

30 Jun 2000

Cott Corporation announced today that it was notified on June 28, 2000 that TRC Capital Corporation of Toronto, has commenced an unsolicited tender offer for 2,250,000 common shares of Cott Corporation, which represents approximately 3.8% of Cott's outstanding common shares. The price being offered is $US5.20 per share. TRC's offer states that the offer price is 5.5% below Cott's price on June 27, 2000, on the NASDAQ National Market, the day prior to the date of TRC offer. The closing price on NASDAQ on June 28 was $US5.75. The TRC offer was unsolicited and is not recommended, endorsed or encouraged in any way by Cott Corporation. Shareowners who are considering selling their shares are urged to consult a financial advisor before doing so. Cott is the world's largest retailer brand beverage supplier, with manufacturing facilities in its three core markets of Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.

USA: Retailer Branded Soft Drinks On Growth Path; Revitalized Cott Helps Build Momentum

13 Jun 2000

Cott Corporation (NASDAQ:COTT; TSE:BCB) Cott Corporation (NASDAQ: COTT; TSE:BCB) Chief Financial Officer Raymond P. Silcock says consumption of retailer branded carbonated soft drinks shows year-over-year growth in the United States, driven by retailer consolidation and improved product quality and taste."Retailers are becoming strong brand names and are using carbonated soft drinks as a vital part of their brand strategy." Silcock said today at a conference in New York. "Retailer Brands today co-exist with national brands and each claims a valid place in consumers' minds.""We see solid growth opportunities for our US business as food retailing consolidation results in increased retailer brand penetration. And we are proud that a revitalized Cott is playing an active role through innovative package designs and promotions." added Silcock, a Cott Corporation executive vice-president.The "Wall Street Smarts" conference was organized by Beverage Digest where Silcock joined a panel of top industry executives and Wall Street experts.Cott is the world's largest retailer brand beverage supplier, with major manufacturing facilities in its three core markets of Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.

Coca-Cola : New Name But Business as Usual for UK Market Leader

18 May 2000

Coca-Cola Enterprises, which recently changed its name from Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages, continues to lead the way in Britain's £7 billion soft drinks market.

Soft Drink Sales Increased 0.6% In 1999

3 Apr 2000

Dr Pepper/Seven UP Leads Growth Soft drink sales increased a mere 0.6% in the U.S. in 1999, an increase of less than 100 million cases over 1998, based on preliminary statistics released from Beverage Marketing Corporation. Although industry volume topped 10 billion cases for the second straight year, average consumption fell by 0.2 gallons to 55.9 gallons for the first time in at least thirty years.

Virgin cola Concentrates on Becoming More Available

31 Jan 2000

Virgin Cola's move into the production of cola concentrate, following the opening of a state-of-the-art plant in Ireland, marks a significant acceleration of its soft drinks activity both in the UK and abroad. Based at the Lough Egish Food Park in County Monaghan, the new 12,600 sq ft cola concentrate facility commenced production in June. The plant is highly automated, staffed by just six people and is producing in the region of 6,000 units of concentrate annually - each unit is capable of making 6,000 ready to drink litres of cola.

Soft Drinks Alert - May 1999

12 May 1999

Soft drinks (Europe.) Source: Market ResearchEurope 1999 (March), 25-48 En (saan: 334287) Abstract:

Soft Drinks

28 Apr 1999

Britvic Aims to Add Fizz to SoftDrinks Market The tireless launching of new products andunveiling of novel marketing initiatives are driving the soft drink industry. Supportingthis revolution is a cavalry of heavyweight advertising campaigns and large-scaleinvestment.

UK Trade in Soft Drinks - An Overview

9 Feb 1999

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