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US: Tropicana juice patent repealed

11 Sep 2002

The PepsiCo owned juice maker Tropican has been dealt a blow by the US Patent Office after it moved to revoke a patent that gave Tropicana a significant competitive advantage. US Patent office ruled that technology used to blend several types of oranges is not exclusive to the company. The technology, in effect required growers of certain varieties of early-season juice to sell crops only to Tropicana, allowing Tropicana to produce Not From Concentrate (NFC) juice from fresh fruit about two months earlier than its competitors.

Global New Product Database

10 Sep 2002

This month’s GNPD has tracked an unusual amount of activity in the child and teen market this month. Although the continued high launch rate in the flavoured alcoholic beverage market will be less of a surprise a drink to boost your libido might be.

US: Pepsi names president of food service division

13 Aug 2002

Pepsi-Cola North America, part of food and drink maker PepsiCo Inc , on Monday named Brian Cornell as president of its foodservice division, which is responsible for Pepsi drinks sold at restaurants, schools and other spots. "Brian is a proven leader, with an exceptional grasp of our customers' wants and needs," said Al Carey, chief operating officer of PepsiCo Beverages and Foods North America. "His experiences with a wide range of brands and trade channels make him uniquely qualified to sustain our momentum and drive our foodservice business to new heights."

Where the action is : marketing strategies for summer 2002

23 Jul 2002

Competition for ‘share of throat’ is keenest during the high volume summer months when the consumer is seemingly overwhelmed by choice. In such a crowded clangour, how does a brand make itself heard? SDI investigates marketing strategies for summer 2002.

US: PepsiCo reports increase in second quarter earnings

19 Jul 2002

The food and beverage group, PepsiCo Inc., reported earnings of $940m, for the second quarter to June 15, against $824m for the corresponding period a year earlier. The result, representing 52 cents per share, was broadly in line with analysts' forecasts.

US: Coca-Cola refutes claims in P&G lawsuit

10 Jul 2002

A spokesman for Minute Maid, the Coca-Cola-owned fruit juice brand, has refuted claims made by consumer goods group, Procter & Gamble (P&G), that it is using a process for fortifying its orange juice for which P&G owns the patent. P&G alleged in a lawsuit, filed in May, that Minute Maid is infringing on P&G's FruitCal technology, a method of adding calcium to juice, in the production of at least two types of orange juice. P&G registered its patent for this technology in 1988.

US: PepsiCo confirms appointments

10 Jun 2002

US food and soft drinks group, PepsiCo Inc., has confirmed the three executive appointments at its newly formed division PepsiCo Beverages and Foods of North America.  Dawn Hudson becomes president of Pepsi-Cola North America while Jim Dwyer has been named president of Tropicana. Al Carey heads up the sales forces for Pepsi-Cola North America, Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade.

US: PepsiCo set to make further executive appointments

7 Jun 2002

Soft drinks and food giant, PepsiCo Inc., is reportedly poised to announce further high-level executive appointments following the integration of its North American operations into the new entity, PepsiCo Beverages and Foods of North America.

US: PepsiCo integrates North American operations

5 Jun 2002

Drinks and food giant, PepsiCo Inc., is to add its Pepsi-Cola North America operation to the already merged Gatorade, Tropicana and Quaker businesses in North America, to form a new division, PepsiCo Beverages and Foods of North America. The group also announced that the newly integrated division is to be headed up by Gary Rodkin, Pepsi-Cola North America's former president and CEO.

Global New Product Database

7 May 2002

The latest report from our Global New Products Database from drinks researcher Mintel is dominated by flavour innovations this month, primarily in water and beer. However, there was plenty of new product activity in hot drinks and the smoothie market as well. Read on for your comprehensive review of the top launches around the world.

US: PepsiCo net income rises by 14% in first quarter

24 Apr 2002

Food and soft drinks conglomerate, PepsiCo Inc., reported a 14% rise in first quarter income to US$651m, against $570m last year. The company's largest divisions, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola, were said to have performed particularly strongly. Group sales rose by 8.5% to US$5.1 billion from last year's restated figure of US$4.7 billion.

US/EU: Tropicana could be hit by EU retaliation

22 Mar 2002

Retaliatory tariffs against the US in response to its increased levies on EU steel could hit Florida-produced soft drinks brand, Tropicana.

US: Minute Maid to launch vitamin D enhanced juices

15 Mar 2002

Minute Maid Co, the US juice company, has announced it is to introduce the first national brand of vitamin-D-fortified juice, in a move being seen as the next move in the race to capture the health drink market. PepsiCo's Tropicana unit is seen as its main rival. Minute Maid, a unit of Coca-Cola Co, said vitamin D - which aids the body's absorption of calcium and helps prevent osteoporosis - will be added to Minute Maid calcium-fortified premium homestyle-squeezed orange juice, as well as some of Minute Maid's calcium-fortified juice blends, from the beginning of April.

US: Tropicana recalls juice after contamination fear

25 Feb 2002

Tropicana the US juice maker has been forced to recall 100,000 gallon-size jugs of orange juice sold at Sam's Club stores across the US because of fears of contamination from a cleaning solution. Tropicana said that close to 500 bottles of its "super size" Pure Premium Calcium orange juice, were inadvertently exposed to a solution used to clean bottling equipment. The expiry date on the bottles concerned is 15th April.

Majors up the pace as non-carbonated market finds its bubble

12 Feb 2002

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola may owe their global power and heritage to their world famous fizzy drinks but, in today's market, the exciting growth is coming from non-carbonated beverages. Ben Cooper investigates how both companies are addressing this trend.

US: Coke expands orange juice in US

4 Feb 2002

Coca-Cola said on Friday that it would expand sales of its new Simply Orange juice drink in the south-eastern US. The soft drink giant said the new non-concentrate-based orange juice would be available in supermarkets, grocery stores and other retail outlets in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

New Products Report - January 2002

21 Jan 2002

Exclusive to just-drinks is the first New Products Report of 2002. With the use of its Global New Products Database, leading drinks analyst Mintel investigates the growth of the ready-to-drink market, hot drink innovations, new flavours in soft drinks and much more.

UK: Coke must change tack, say analysts

15 Jan 2002

Marketing ventures such as its recent tie-up with SONICblue will not be enough to reverse Coke's recent poor fortunes, according to a report by industry analysts, Datamonitor,. The venture, producing co-branded digital audio players, is aimed at improving the brand's image among young consumers. But on its service, Datamonitor contends that with earnings in decline since 1998, Coke must increase investment in the more profitable non-carbonated soft drinks markets.

USA: Comment - Coca-Cola: bubble-free growth

24 Oct 2001

Coca-Cola is in talks to take over Odwalla, a leading California based juice company. Having fallen behind key rival PepsiCo in the acquisition game, the world's largest soft drink company is fighting back.

USA: New Yorkers to get new 1.75 litre Tropicana Premium

11 Sep 2001

Tropicana is launching Tropicana Pure Premium Valencia (with pulp and no pulp) in a new 1.75 litre plastic container in the US metropolitan areas of New York. "New Yorkers are America's orange juice connoisseurs, consuming 12% of the national output of orange juice each year," said Paul Smith, senior marketing director of Tropicana Pure Premium.

Has the Quaker deal got Coke running scared?

21 Aug 2001

Analysts are positively upbeat about the US$13bn Pepsi/Quaker deal. It has even been described by some as "one of the most important acquisitions for a very long time." Sarah Diston reports on what the experts are predicting for Pepsi and the consequences for its soft drink-rival Coca-Cola now that Quaker is firmly under Pepsi's control.

USA: Tropicana introduces new brands to portfolio

10 Jul 2001

By using a new extraction process Tropicana has been able to introduce an enhanced Pure Premium Grovestand and Homestyle orange juice to its portfolio of juice brands. In a statement issued by Tropicana the company said: "A new proprietary process created by the company uses a smoother means of extracting the pulp, creating juice as close as you can get to the orange.

Soft drinks needs to be at front of forecourt revolution

22 Jun 2001

Petrol forecourts are on the move and soft drinks manufacturers need to keep pace with this retailing revolution. Soft Drinks International takes a look at what the future holds for soft drinks within the forecourt sector.

What next for cola and the cola giants?

14 May 2001

Last year proved to be an exciting time for the soft drinks industry. But while the industry thrived on so much activity there was always the fear that something was going to get left behind and cola proved to be the sector to suffer. Sarah Diston reports on what the experts say about the future of the cola sector.

OJ is OK: Tropicana re-emphasises nutritional benefits of juices

19 Mar 2001

Last week, Tropicana invited delegates to the sun-kissed shores of Florida to discuss the health benefits of "nature's original neutraceutical". Hugh Westbrook reports from the From Grove to Glass - Nutrition in the 21st Century conference and finds the juice market ready to tackle cholesterol through to cancer.

USA: Smoothies are a first for Tropicana

19 Mar 2001

Florida-based juice company Tropicana is launching its first range of mass-market smoothies. The launch is an attempt to break into the market for quick and convenient breakfasts. The 11.5oz packs, which will retail for $1.49, will initially be available in San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix and Cedar Rapids. The smoothie is a blend of fruit juices and yoghurt - the first flavours available are peach, tropical orange, mixed berry and strawberry.

INDIA: Pepsi and Coke knock each other for six

15 Mar 2001

Coca-cola and PepsiCo are pitching the odd googly at one another in cricket-crazy India. Brand wars in the country are fought with film stars or cricket, and Pepsi has bought the endorsement of most cricket celebrities this year. Coke's summer 2001 campaign began with top Bollywood stars Aamir and Aishwarya depicting ordinary fans watching a match, superstitiously linking the outcome to small gestures.

Cadbury/Pepsi rivalry casts doubt over All Sport speculation

13 Mar 2001

Just weeks after reported that Pepsi might look to off load some of its brands in order to gain approval for its Quaker Oats acquisition, speculation is mounting that Cadbury Schweppes is considering a bid for PepsiCo's All Sport brand. But as Sarah Diston reports a battle for market share in Europe may be a higher priority for both companies.

Juice market squeezes the fizz out of carbonates

12 Mar 2001

Sporadic and spurious as the juice and nectar market may be, its growth potential is enormous with an estimated 34 billion litres sloshing around the world. Healthier lifestyles have boosted its image but the multinationals will find it difficult to penetrate the various, localised marketing styles used by the indigenous producers. Sarah Diston reports.

USA: Fischer to benefit from US Latin growth with Cuban beer launch

16 Feb 2001

Fischer Beverages International is to distribute La Tropical, "Cuba's First Beer" throughout the US. The deal, announced by Manny Portuondo president of La Tropical Brewing Company means that its beer will join the Fischer portfolio, which already includes Heineken-owned brands such as Fischer and Moretti.









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