Global Liquid Refreshment 40

1. The Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, Ga., USA,
thecoca-colacompany.com
Chairman & CEO: Muhtar Kent
$46,542.0
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
$34,582.1
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.

3. Nestlé
Vevey, Switzerland, nestle.com
CEO: Paul Bulcke
$26,311.6
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
$12,537.8
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,
kraftfoodscompany.com
Chairman & CEO: Irene Rosenfeld
$9,700.0
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.

6. FEMSA
Monterrey, Mexico, femsa.com
CEO: José Antonio Fernández Carbajal
$8,907.3
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
$8,876.9
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
$8,284.0
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
$6,929.0
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,
drpeppersnapplegroup.com
CEO: Larry Young
$5,903.0
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
$5,508.3
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
$5,196.7
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
$4,856.8
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
$4,222.5
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
$4,214.2
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
$4,182.0
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
$4,000.0*
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

18. Unilever
London, UK, unilever.com
CEO: Paul Polman
$3,909.8(1)
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
$3,622.3(1)
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
$3,199.5
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
$2,334.6

22. Britvic
Chelmsford, UK, britvic.com
CEO: Paul Moody
$2,006.1

23. DyDo Drinco, Inc.
Osaka, Japan, dydoco.jp
President: Tomihiro Takamatsu
$1,916.4

24. Embotelladora Andina
Santiago, Chile, koandina.com
Chairman of the Board: Juan Claro
$1,853.6

25. Monster Beverage Corp.
Corona, Calif., USA, monsterbevcorp.com
Chairman & CEO: Rodney Sacks
$1,703.2

26. GlaxoSmithKline
Middlesex, UK, gsk.com
CEO: Andrew Witty
$1,593.5

27. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Charlotte, N.C., USA, cokeconsolidated.com
Chairman & CEO: J. Frank Harrison
$1,561.2

28. Mikuni Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Ltd.
Saitama, Japan, mikuni-ccbc.co.jp
President: Motoyoshi Shiina
$ 1,545.9

29. Sapporo Holdings
Tokyo, Japan, sapporoholdings.jp
President and Representative Director, Group CEO: Tsutomu Kamijo  
$1,457.1

30. Ajinomoto
Tokyo, Japan, ajinomoto.com
President & CEO: Masatoshi Ito
$1,454.8(1)

31. HP Hood
Lynnfield, Mass., USA, hood.com
Chairman, President and CEO:
John A. Kaneb
$1,320.0(1)

32. Honickman Affiliates
Pennsauken, N.J., USA
CEO: Jeffrey Honickman
$1,300.0(2)

33. Swire Pacific
Hong Kong, China, swirepacific.com
Chairman: Christopher Pratt
$1,187.0

34. Ocean Spray
Lakeville-Middleboro, Mass., USA, oceanspray.com
President & CEO: Randy Papadellis
$1,180.0(3)

35. Eckes-Granini Group GmbH
Nieder-Olm, Germany, eckes-granini.com
Chairman of the Board: Thomas Hinderer
$1,125.2

36. Anadolu Efes
Istanbul, Turkey, efesbev.com
Chairman: Tuncan Özilhan
$899.7

37. Pepsi Bottling Ventures
Raleigh, N.C., USA,
pepsibottlingventures.com
President & CEO: Paul Finney
$864.4

38. Aujan Industries Co.
Dammam, Saudi Arabia, aujan.com
CEO: Kadir Gunduz
$850.0

39. Campbell’s Soup Co.
Camden, N.J., USA,
campbellsoupcompany.com
President & CEO: Denise Morrison
$759.0(4)

40. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United
Birmingham, Ala., USA
Chairman & CEO: Claude Nielsen
$743.4

 

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.

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