1. The Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, Ga., USA,
Chairman & CEO: Muhtar Kent
The company that was named The Beverage Forum’s Large Company of the Year, has had quite a bit going on. Last year it rolled out its Freestyle Fountain dispenser (which was all the rage at the Forum, by the way). It also partnered with H.J. Heinz to expand its PlantBottle packaging technology—in this case, with ketchup bottles. It also partnered with UN Women on the global initiative, 5 BY 20, which aims to empower 5 million female entrepreneurs across its operations and bottling system by 2020.
2. PepsiCo, Inc.
Purchase, N.Y., USA, pepsico.com
Chairwoman & CEO: Indra Nooyi
PepsiCo’s beverage business accounts for 52 percent of its net revenues. The company has plans to continue to grow its beverage business by investing in its core beverage brands including Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, 7UP (outside of the U.S.) Gatorade, Tropicana, Mirinda and Lipton, through a JV with Unilever.
Vevey, Switzerland, nestle.com
CEO: Paul Bulcke
In January of this year, Nestlé S.A. and The Coca-Cola Company agreed to focus the geographic scope of their ready-to-drink tea joint venture, Beverage Partners Worldwide (BPW), on Europe and Canada. In Taiwan and Hong Kong, The Coca-Cola Company will enter into a license agreement with Nestlé for the Nestea brand. In all other territories the JV will phase out by the end of 2012. In addition, the current Nestea license granted by Nestlé to The Coca-Cola Company in the United States will terminate at the end of 2012.
4. Suntory Holdings Limited
Osaka, Japan, suntory.com
Chairman of the Board: Nobutada Saji
Net sales for the non-alcohol segment of Suntory increased by 3.3 percent from the year before. Domestically, in addition to the one-year spike of 23 percent in demand seen by Suntory Natural Mineral Water following the earthquake, BOSS and Pepsi posted favorable performances that surpassed the prior year. Also, Suntory Honey & Lemon, and the new type of green tea, Iyemon Green Espresso, have been received favorably. Overseas, Suntory Beverage & Food Asia Pte. Ltd. was established in Singapore in September and PT Suntory Garuda Beverage, a joint venture with the Garudafood Group, was started up in Indonesia in October.
5. Kraft Foods
Northfield, Ill., USA,
Chairman & CEO: Irene Rosenfeld
The world’s second-largest food company gets 18 percent of its revenue from the beverage brands it produces, including Capri Sun and the popular powdered drinks, Crystal Light, Tang and Kool-Aid. A huge focus of Kraft has been sustainability. Since 2010, the company says it has increased sustainable sourcing of its products by 36 percent, cut packaging by 45 million pounds and eliminated 12.5 million travel miles.
Monterrey, Mexico, femsa.com
CEO: José Antonio Fernández Carbajal
In 2011, Coca-Cola FEMSA, the non-alcohol beverage arm of the company, saw its total revenues rise 20.5 percent. The company entered the dairy category through its joint acquisition with Coca-Cola Co. of Grupo Industrias Lácteas in Panama, and also merged with the beverage divisions of Grupo Tampico, Grupo CIMSA, and Grupo Fomento Queretano in Mexico.
7. Coca-Cola Hellenic
Maroussi, Greece, coca-colahellenic.com
CEO: Dimitris Lois
Though 2011 was a challenging year in many of the company’s territories due to higher input costs, currency volatility and economic uncertainty, the company expanded or maintained its volume share in 25 of its 28 markets and gained or maintained value share in 22 of those markets growing net sales by 1 percent.
8. Coca-Cola Enterprises
Atlanta, Ga., USA, cokecce.com
Chairman & CEO: John Brock
In its first full calendar year of operation (2011) since The Coca-Cola Company bought its North America business and it became an exclusively Western European bottler, CCE reported revenue growth of 5.5 percent and volume growth of 3.5 percent.
9. Kirin Holdings
Tokyo, Japan, kirinholdings.co.jp
President & CEO: Senji Miyake
Last year was challenging for the company. The Japan earthquake and tsunami caused nearly $250 million in damage to Kirin’s domestic operation and, as in the rest of the world, the European economic crisis took its toll on the business. In its home market, non-alcohol beverages account for about 18 percent of its revenue.
10. Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Plano, Texas, USA,
CEO: Larry Young
The past year has seen the rollout of Dr Pepper Ten, with its eyebrow-raising “not for women” campaign, as well as the test-marketing of other Ten brands under the 7Up, Canada Dry, Sunkist, A&W and RC trademarks. Overall, the company experienced a 5 percent net sales gain last year.
11. Red Bull
Fuschl am See, Austria, redbull.com
CEO: Dietrich Mateschitz
A total of 4.631 billion cans of Red Bull were sold worldwide in 2011, representing an increase of 11.4 percent over 2010. In all key areas such as sales, revenues, productivity and operating profit, the figures recorded were the best in the company’s history so far, it reports. The main reasons for such positive figures include sales increases, especially in key markets, such as the USA (+11 percent) and Germany (+10 percent), and also in other markets such as Turkey (+86 percent), Japan (+62 percent), France (+35 percent) and Scandinavia (+34 percent).
12. Coca-Cola West Co. Ltd.
Fukuoka, Japan, ccwest.co.jp
Representative Director & President: Tamio Yoshimatsu
Production volume of carbonated beverages, coffee beverages and mineral water all increased from the previous year, according to the company. In addition, as of Dec. 31, 2011, Coca-Cola West has about 270,000 vending machines while introducing cashless vending machines and energy-saving vending machines with solar panels and LED lighting.
13. Groupe Lactalis
Laval, France, lactalis.fr
CEO: Daniel Jaouen
Lactalis became a dairy market leader globally following the acquisition of 83.3 percent of Parmalat, the Italian dairy giant. Based in countries where Lactalis has little activity, the Parmalat operation is expected to provide unprecedented opportunities for future development for Groupe Lactalis.
14. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.
Tokyo, Japan, asahigroup-holdings.com
President and Representative Director: Naoki Izumiya
In 2011, Asahi saw volumes of nearly 36 million cases for its tea-based drinks, 38.6 million cases for its coffee drinks and 43.4 million cases for its carbonated beverages. While sales in key categories saw a dip due to the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake, there was an increase in mineral water demand, the company reports.
15. Coca-Cola Amatil
Sydney, Australia, ccamatil.com
Group Managing Director: Terry Davis
CCA’s Easy Crush Bottle for its Mount Franklin bottled water brand recently won the gold award in the sustainability category at the Australian Packaging Design Awards. It uses 35 percent less PET than the original version and reduces the brand’s carbon footprint by 27 percent, the company reports.
16. Groupe Danone
Paris, France, danone.com
CEO: Franck Riboud
In 2011, the water division accounted for 17 percent of group sales with the top four markets that contributed to the division’s growth being China, Mexico, Indonesia and Argentina. The company’s leading water brands are Mizone, Bonafont and Aqua.
17. Ito En
Tokyo, Japan, itoen.co.jp
President: Daisuke Honjo
Ito En established a holding company in Singapore, investing in the Southeast Asia beverage market. The company, Ito En Asia Pacific Holdings, Pte., looks to tap into the growing market in Southeast Asia offering its healthful teas. In North America, the company is introducing a half-and-half product with green tea to meet consumer demand for products that deliver on flavor, but have fewer calories.
*Performance to April 2012
London, UK, unilever.com
CEO: Paul Polman
The refreshment division of Unilever, of which beverages are a part, accounted for 19 percent of the company’s sales in 2011. That division saw total sales growth of 4.9 percent from 2010. The company’s share of the tea market, however, was down—particularly in the U.S. and Russia.
19. Arla Foods
Viby J, Denmark, arlafoods.com
CEO: Peder Tuborgh
Despite the challenges of the European economy, where Arla does 80 percent of its business, the company says it was able to realize healthy performance in 2011, with strong revenue growth. The company’s milk products, being a basic source of nutrition, showed resilience in the down economy.
20. Arca Continental
Monterrey, Mexico, arcacontinental.com
CEO: Francisco Garza Egloff
Arca Continental is the result of the merger between Embotelladoras Arca and Grupo Continental, making it the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America. It serves more than 53 million consumers in Northern and Western Mexico, Ecuador and Northern Argentina.
21. Cott Corp.
Tampa, Fla. USA, cott.com
CEO: Jerry Fowden
Chelmsford, UK, britvic.com
CEO: Paul Moody
23. DyDo Drinco, Inc.
Osaka, Japan, dydoco.jp
President: Tomihiro Takamatsu
24. Embotelladora Andina
Santiago, Chile, koandina.com
Chairman of the Board: Juan Claro
25. Monster Beverage Corp.
Corona, Calif., USA, monsterbevcorp.com
Chairman & CEO: Rodney Sacks
Middlesex, UK, gsk.com
CEO: Andrew Witty
27. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Charlotte, N.C., USA, cokeconsolidated.com
Chairman & CEO: J. Frank Harrison
28. Mikuni Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Ltd.
Saitama, Japan, mikuni-ccbc.co.jp
President: Motoyoshi Shiina
29. Sapporo Holdings
Tokyo, Japan, sapporoholdings.jp
President and Representative Director, Group CEO: Tsutomu Kamijo
Tokyo, Japan, ajinomoto.com
President & CEO: Masatoshi Ito
31. HP Hood
Lynnfield, Mass., USA, hood.com
Chairman, President and CEO:
John A. Kaneb
32. Honickman Affiliates
Pennsauken, N.J., USA
CEO: Jeffrey Honickman
33. Swire Pacific
Hong Kong, China, swirepacific.com
Chairman: Christopher Pratt
34. Ocean Spray
Lakeville-Middleboro, Mass., USA, oceanspray.com
President & CEO: Randy Papadellis
35. Eckes-Granini Group GmbH
Nieder-Olm, Germany, eckes-granini.com
Chairman of the Board: Thomas Hinderer
36. Anadolu Efes
Istanbul, Turkey, efesbev.com
Chairman: Tuncan Özilhan
37. Pepsi Bottling Ventures
Raleigh, N.C., USA,
President & CEO: Paul Finney
38. Aujan Industries Co.
Dammam, Saudi Arabia, aujan.com
CEO: Kadir Gunduz
39. Campbell’s Soup Co.
Camden, N.J., USA,
President & CEO: Denise Morrison
40. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United
Birmingham, Ala., USA
Chairman & CEO: Claude Nielsen
1 Beverage World Estimate
2 InsideView, a leading provider of sales intelligence
3 Beverage Marketing Corporation
4 U.S. sales only
Company numbers reflect global sales of non-alcohol beverage business only. Figures have been converted into U.S. dollars based on exchange rates for Dec. 31, 2011 unless otherwise specified. Dollar amounts are listed in millions.