Ireland Soft Drinks

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Coca-Cola Press Search

The two most-recent soft drink launches from Coca-Cola in Ireland both occurred in April 2019 (Coca-Cola Energy and Glacéau Smartwater Sparkling). The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund and tour dates for the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck were two announcements about the company's Ireland division that were covered by the press in the past six months. There were several, major partnerships and sponsorships that Coca-Cola has been involved in on a global level within the past six months, including, but not limited to, Nascar and the Olympics.

Recent Coca-Cola Soft Drink Launches in Ireland

1. Coca-Cola Energy

  • While we didn't find any soft drink launches by Coca-Cola in Ireland within the past six months (explained in the Research Strategy section below), we did find two launches just outside that time range from eight months ago (April 2019). We included both of those soft drink launches due to their very close proximity to the six-month timeframe we researched.
  • In April 2019, Coca-Cola launched a soft drink in Ireland called Coca-Cola Energy.
  • Coca-Cola Energy is the company's "first ever energy drink under the Coca-Cola brand." The drink contains "caffeine from naturally-derived sources, guarana extracts, B vitamins and no taurine."
  • Coca-Cola Energy was launched in sugar-free and sugar-added varieties.
  • The launch of Coca-Cola Energy was notable, as it was covered by multiple media outlets, including Hospitality Ireland and The Irish Sun.

2. Glacéau Smartwater Sparkling

Ireland Division Announcements

  • The tour dates for the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck was an announcement about the company's Ireland division that was covered by the press within the past six months.
  • The winners of the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund was an announcement about the company's Ireland division that was covered by the press within the past six months.

Global Partnerships & Sponsorships

  • In December 2019, it was announced that Coca-Cola became a Premier Partner of Nascar for its 2020 racing season.
  • In November 2019, it was announced that Coca-Cola partnered with Champion Ahtletiwear and "launched a limited-edition capsule collection, Champion X Coca-Cola."
  • In October 2019, it was announced that Coca-Cola became an "official presenting sponsor" of Villanova Basketball for its 100th season, along with Hartford Funds.
  • In October 2019, it was announced that Coca-Cola entered a "two-year partnership" with Juventus FC (an Italian soccer team).
  • In September 2019, it was announced that Coca-Cola became the "official beverage partner" of Tespa, which operates a league for college esports.
  • In June 2019, it was announced that Coca-Cola and China Mengniu Dairy partnered "to sponsor the Olympics until 2032" as was announced by the International Olympic Committee.
  • In June 2019, it was announced that Coca-Cola partnered with a new mall in New Jersey called American Dream. The partnership runs for 10 years. The mall is expected to draw 40 million people each year and Coca-Cola will be embedded throughout the fashion, entertainment, dining, art, and music aspects of the mall.

Research Strategy

Though we couldn't find any soft drink launches from Coca-Cola within the past six months in Ireland specifically, we found two from just outside that range in April 2019. We included those product launches because they were so close to the six-month range that we were focused on. However, we used three research strategies in looking for such launches within the six-month window. First, we reviewed press releases published on Coca-Cola Ireland's website, but there weren't any about soft drink launches within that timeframe. Second, we conducted broad searches for 2019 news pertaining to each of Coca-Cola Ireland's brands. We conducted separate research for each brand. From that strategy, we found the second product launch from April 2019 involving Glacéau Smartwater Sparkling, but none from within the six-month span specifically. Third, we looked for Coca-Cola Ireland's social media channels and found that it maintains such on Instagram. We checked for any such posts pertaining to this subject within the past six months, but didn't find any. Accordingly, the two soft drink launches from April 2019 were the most recent we found for Coca-Cola Ireland. The announcements we found pertaining to Coca-Cola's Ireland division were found by conducting general searches for recent articles about the company specific to Ireland. We used a very similar strategy in looking for global partnerships and sponsorships that Coca-Cola has entered into within the past six months, by conducting broad searches for media articles about that topic.
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PepsiCo Press Search

Only one new soft drink product has been launched in Ireland in the last six months, which was Lavazza Iced Cappuccino. There have also been very few announcements out of the company's Ireland division in the last six months. However, there have been numerous global partnerships announced, including those between PepsiCo and Lavazza, Carnival Cruise Line, SoFi Stadium, JetBlue, PUBG, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Notable Soft Drink Launches

Lavazza Iced Cappuccino

Pepsi Max Raspberry

Key Announcements

PepsiCo Replacing Plastic Packaging With Cardboard

  • In an effort to reduce waste, PepsiCo plans to replace the plastic wrap on its multi-can packs in Ireland with cardboard in 2020.
  • Known as "KeelClip technology," the cardboard initiative will require a $15 million investment on PepsiCo's behalf, but it will save an "estimated 2,000 metric tons of plastic and 3,000 metric tons of CO2 annually."
  • This was reported by at least two media outlets, including PlantBasedNews and Beverage Daily.

Britvic Announces Investment in Sustainable Packaging.

  • In November 2019, Britvic, PepsiCo's Ireland distributor, announced a €5.8 million investment in sustainable packaging by constructing a manufacturing facility at Esterform’s site in Sherburn in Elmet, UK.
  • Britvic and Esterform Packagind Limited entered into an agreement to supply recycled plastic (rPET) in Great Britain and Ireland.
  • This was reported by at least two media outlets, including Checkout and BritishPlastics.

PepsiCo Launched its Cork Business League

  • In August 2019, PepsiCo launched its Cork Business League in Ireland, which represented the brand's first football club in its 45-year history in Ireland.
  • PepsiCo Ireland's concentrate team is the division that would be competing in the league.
  • This was only reported in one outlet, CBSL, but due to the lack of announcements in Ireland, this has been included.

Major Global Partnerships and Sponsorships

Lavazza and PepsiCo

Carnival Cruise Line and PepsiCo

  • In November 2019, Carnival Cruise Line announced it had selected PepsiCo as its preferred beverage partner for its cruise ships.
  • Carnival Cruise Line will begin serving a variety of PepsiCo products from "iced tea, sparkling water, coffee drinks and sports drinks to juices and soft drinks, including an array of low calorie and no sugar options."
  • This partnership was reported by at least two media outlets, including Nasdaq and Fox News.

SoFi Stadium and PepsiCo

  • In October 2019, SoFi Stadium, future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers NFL teams, and PepsiCo signed a partnership agreement that allowed Pepsi and Frito-Lay to become the "exclusive soft drink and salty snacks partners of the venue, which is scheduled to open in July 2020.
  • PepsiCo will also sponsor a "46,000-square-foot space in the stadium’s south zone, where fans can experience a series of culinary and entertainment activations."
  • This partnership was reported by at least two media outlets, including SportsBusiness and Forbes.

JetBlue and PepsiCo

  • In August 2019, PepsiCo and JetBlue Airlines announced a partnership that would provide a range of Pepsi's "carbonated soft drinks and noncarbonated beverages for the airline’s passengers."
  • From PepsiCo's Frito-Lay portfolio, passengers will also receive Rold Gold pretzels.
  • This partnership was reported by at least two media outlets, including Westfair and Adweek.

PUBG and Mountain Dew

  • In August 2019, Mountain Dew, a product in PepsiCo's portfolio, teamed up with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) to launch the 2019 Game Fuel League, a video game tournament.
  • Tournaments were scheduled to take place in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.
  • This partnership was reported by at least two media outlets, including Gamasutra and Player.One.

Tampa Bay Lightning and PepsiCo

  • In October 2019, the Tampa Bay Lightning, an NHL team, signed a seven-year agreement with PepsiCo to become the "exclusive carbonated soft drink, water (flat, sparkling, carbonated, premium, enhanced, flavoured/non-flavoured), energy drink, muscle milk, juice and tea of the team and venue."
  • Moreover, PepsiCo will be the main sponsor of the West Patio, which is one of the arena's entrances for fans.
  • This partnership was reported by at least two media outlets, including SportBusiness and SportsPro.
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Lucozade Ribena Suntory Press Search

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is a soft drinks company founded in 2014 with headquarters at Uxbridge, England. The company is known for its iconic drinks: Lucozade, Ribena, and Orangina. Our research focuses on notable product launches and announcements in the past six months in its Ireland division.

Soft Drinks Launches

  • There have been no notable soft drink launches in Ireland for the past six months by Lucozade Ribena Suntory.
  • The company, however, launched MayTea in July to make its debut in the iced tea market.

Announcements by the Ireland Division

Major Partnerships and Sponsorships



Research Strategy

The team began the research by exploring the company's website and press releases to gather information on soft drinks launched in the last six months in Ireland. We went further to analyze information from the company's profiles on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. It was evident that there was no new product launched in Ireland in the last six months by Lucozade Ribena Suntory.
We analyzed information from the company's blog and other media publications like Intelligent Living, to gather information on the announcements by the company's Ireland division.
The team went further and analyzed market publications and press releases by various retail news outlets like Retail News and Talking Retail. We gathered information on various partnerships and sponsorship by the company in the last six months. We gathered more information on this from the company's social media platforms.
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Britvic Press Search

Britvic had no notable soft drink launches in the last 6 months, although it had some launches earlier in the year and some relaunches as well. Important announcements included the commitment made with the Science Based Target initiative, and a partnership with Esterform Packaging.

Notable Soft Drink Launches

  • Britvic had no notable launches in the last 6 months. They launched a new limited edition Fruit Shoot, Merrylicious. However, this launch was not covered in mainstream media, although the details appeared on niche online publications. Namely, KAMCity news, which specialises in grocery news, tools and training for Key Account Managers (KAMs) working for FMCG manufacturers; Wholesale Manager, a publication for wholesalers and cash & carriers; and on Delish, a food newsletter and blog.
  • Britvic also re-launched its festive Robinsons Crushed Apple and Cinnamon cordial, and two festive flavours, J₂O Glitterberry and J₂O Orange and Cranberry. These are seasonal limited edition products rather than new soft drink launches.

Key Announcements

  • On September 20th, 2019, Britvic signed up to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.
  • On November 27th, Britvic entered rPET (recycled plastic) supply agreement with Esterform Packaging. Under this agreement, Britvic will provide a £5 million investment towards Esterform's new rPET manufacturing facility while the latter will supply rPET to be used for Britvic's products.
  • On December 10th, Britvic announced their "ambitious" targets which involve halving carbon emissions from its own operations and a 35% reduction in emissions across its extended value chain by 2025.

Major Partnerships or Sponsorship

  • Besides the aforementioned deal with Esterform Packaging, Britvic has not entered into any new partnership or sponsorship agreements.

Other Notable Findings Outside the 6-Month Scope

    • In April 2019, Aqua Libra introduced a new sparkling water flavour, Cucumber, Mint & Lime.
    • In March 2019, Tango introduced three sugar free flavours: Orange, Tropical and Strawberry & Watermelon.
    • In February 2019, Pepsi Max, which is a brand under Britvic in Ireland, launched a new raspberry flavour.
    • Also in February 2019, Energise Sport and its sister brand, Ballygowan, formed a partnership with a local ice hockey team, Belfast Giants.

Research Strategy

All company announcements, newsletters and press releases by Britvic were reviewed. Further, all media pertaining to brands in Ireland was reviewed. Regarding media coverage, any mentions of the brands or the parent company in 2019 were found. However, there were minimal mentions of the brand in the mainstream media in the last 6 months relevant to the research criteria.


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