The consumer industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by convenience, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness, as well as the growing importance of food safety and transparency, personalized nutrition, and technologies such as 3D food printer and digital food management. In the last three years alone, there have been over 662,000 patents filed and granted in the consumer industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in consumer: beverage carbonators. Buy the report here.

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However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

30+ innovations will shape the consumer industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the consumer industry using innovation intensity models built on over 116,000 patents, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, microencapsulated proteins, plant based cheese substitutes, and texturized vegetable proteins are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Botulinum toxin, beverage pods, and filled confectionary manufacturing are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are anabolic muscle supplements and protein-fortified beverages, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the consumer industry

Beverage carbonators is a key innovation area in consumer

Beverage carbonation is the process of infusing fizz into soft drinks. Carbonation also creates small bubbles in the beverages.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 60+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established consumer companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of beverage carbonators.

Key players in beverage carbonators – a disruptive innovation in the consumer industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to beverage carbonators

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
PepsiCo 290 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 90 Unlock Company Profile
Keurig Dr Pepper 49 Unlock Company Profile
Starbucks 34 Unlock Company Profile
Cornelius 31 Unlock Company Profile
Krones 30 Unlock Company Profile
Breville Group 24 Unlock Company Profile
Strauss Group 22 Unlock Company Profile
Middleby 21 Unlock Company Profile
Kotobuki Realty 17 Unlock Company Profile
Anheuser-Busch InBev 16 Unlock Company Profile
Digal Investments & Holdings 16 Unlock Company Profile
AB Electrolux 16 Unlock Company Profile
Primo Water 14 Unlock Company Profile
IMI Cornelius 14 Unlock Company Profile
Aarke 12 Unlock Company Profile
Dover 10 Unlock Company Profile
Coway 9 Unlock Company Profile
LG 9 Unlock Company Profile
Nestle 8 Unlock Company Profile
Freezio 8 Unlock Company Profile
Xylem 8 Unlock Company Profile
Salzgitter 7 Unlock Company Profile
Theca-Cola 7 Unlock Company Profile
John Bean Technologies 6 Unlock Company Profile
HyVIDA Brands 6 Unlock Company Profile
Linde 5 Unlock Company Profile
Cirkul 5 Unlock Company Profile
Whirlpool 5 Unlock Company Profile
Woongjin Coway 5 Unlock Company Profile
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners 5 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 5 Unlock Company Profile
American Securities 4 Unlock Company Profile
Lancer Partnership 4 Unlock Company Profile
Micro Matic USA 4 Unlock Company Profile
PSG 4 Unlock Company Profile
nextProtein 4 Unlock Company Profile
Marriott International 4 Unlock Company Profile
Slovensky plynarensky priemysel 4 Unlock Company Profile
H2 Water Technologies 3 Unlock Company Profile
Aalberts Industries 3 Unlock Company Profile
3M 3 Unlock Company Profile
Sun Hung Kai Properties 3 Unlock Company Profile
Jahn 2 Unlock Company Profile
Glacier Water Services 2 Unlock Company Profile
Flamingo 2 Unlock Company Profile
Hoshizaki 2 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 2 Unlock Company Profile
Pro Mach 2 Unlock Company Profile
JS Global Lifestyle 2 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

PepsiCo is the leading patent filer in the beverage carbonators space. Some other key patent filers include Samsung Group, Keurig Dr Pepper, and Starbucks. PepsiCo recently made a new addition to its SodaStream line-up of sparkling water makers, which will enable consumers to carbonate flat water at home.

In terms of application diversity, Linde leads the pack, while PSG and Dover stand in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Middleby holds the top position, followed by PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Beverage carbonators will potentially become an important aspect in the consumer industry, with the demand for soft drinks expected to increases in the coming years.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the consumer industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Consumer.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.