June 9, 2006 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. told Coca-Cola Co. that it would double its purchases of Powerade if the sports drink is delivered to its stores through its own warehouses rather than through the bottler system, and that it could jump to a private label if Coke can't do what Wal-Mart requests, the world's largest soft-drink maker said in a court filing. Coke warns that a private-label competitor to Gatorade could deprive Powerade of any future growth opportunities in Wal-Mart stores.
February 2, 2006 |
GET READY for the next mass-tort crusade: protecting our kids from the ravages of Big Cola. According to news reports, a group of lawyers is gearing up to file lawsuits that will seek to blame Coke, Pepsi and others for obesity, tooth decay and other childhood health ailments. An article in the Boston Globe Magazine has called it part of a "national legal movement to make soft drinks the next tobacco." Instead of tar and nicotine, we'll be hearing about corn sweeteners and caffeine; maybe Dr.
February 25, 2003 |
Coca-Cola Co. slightly increased its lead over rival Pepsi-Cola Co. in 2002, thanks to the successful launch of Vanilla Coke and the growth of Diet Coke, according to U.S. soft drink industry rankings released Monday. Coke gained 0.6 percentage point in market share and increased its case volume by 2.1%, according to Beverage Digest/Maxwell, a New York-based industry newsletter and data service. The company captured a larger share of the market even though its Coke Classic brand fell 0.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2002 |
Senate lawmakers Tuesday killed a bill that would have phased out the sale of soda in public schools to help improve nutrition among students. On a 6-1 vote, the bill, SB 1520 by Sen. Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento), failed to get the eight votes needed to clear the Senate Education Committee. Ortiz said she was disappointed that three of her Democratic counterparts on the committee chose not to vote on the measure, which had garnered strong opposition from the soda industry.
May 16, 2002 |
The nation's largest beverage makers are about to launch an all-out campaign to change your definition of water. In coming months, PepsiCo Inc., Snapple Beverage Group Inc. and other companies will roll out a barrage of lightly sweetened "waters" laced with fruit flavors, vitamins, herbs and even ingredients used to treat specific medical conditions.
August 2, 2001 |
PepsiCo Inc. got the green light Wednesday to buy Quaker Oats Co. and its top-selling Gatorade brand for about $14 billion after the Federal Trade Commission deadlocked over whether the new company would harm competition in the sports drink market. FTC commissioners voted 2 to 2 on going to court to block Pepsi's purchase, one vote short of the majority needed to file suit. A unanimous decision was then taken to close the investigation of the deal, an agency statement said.