Coke puts heads together

Original article published by Beverage Blog - Thursday 02 February 2017

Many fascinating insights from Beverage Digest’s interview with current and future Coca-Cola Chief Executives Muhtar Kent and James Quincey last week.

• On strategy – “We don’t want to be distracted by food. Our business is hydration.” MK

• On acquisitions – “We’re generally in the half-billion to billion-dollar range, and we do one to three of those a year.” JQ

• On health – “We know we need to help shape choice and be part of the solution, with smaller packages, reformulations, innovation and the way we go to market.” JQ

• On taxes – “You can look around the world at beverage taxes and see they haven’t really made any difference.” JQ

• On market change – “A decade ago stills were around 10% and sparkling was about 90%. Now, that mix is 70% sparkling, 30% stills. … Glaceau, Fairlife, Smartwater, Jugos Del Valle, Innocent, Honest Tea and Gold Peak were not around and now they are. Fairlife is not a billion-dollar brand yet, but it’s on its way.” MK

Do ask if you’d like to know more as I’m now the publisher of Beverage Digest.

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