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Market Data 30.01.2013

Global Beverage Outlook 2013 – Thirsting For Growth

The outlook for key commodities in 2013 is a major concern for all beverage companies. Exerting greater control over…

The outlook for key commodities in 2013 is a major concern for all beverage companies. Exerting greater control over procurement, including achieving increased transparency with upstream suppliers, will be a critically important initiative for many beverage companies in 2013. According to a report from Rabobank, beverage companies will focus on new sourcing strategies to increase security of supply.

While in the past, beverage manufacturers were more concerned with buying their inputs at the lowest price, in a world of tightening supply and price volatility, security of supply has emerged as a key concern for many manufacturers. Increasing complexity within the supply chain requires greater dependency and alignment between key stakeholders. As a result, supply chain management and strategic development experts have initiated 'strategic sourcing' of agricommodities.

Ross Colbert, analyst at Rabobank said, "Strategic sourcing requires beverage companies to re-evaluate their procurement processes through the lens of global supply and demand to better understand the impact of price volatility, security of supply and related risks. This approach has led global brand owners to develop dedicated supply chains-where suppliers, processors, distributors and even retailers are more aligned and operate in a more integrated system".

Soft Drinks

• The global soft drinks industry will continue to straddle two different worlds: the mature developed markets where growth has stagnated and developing markets where previously high growth rates have slowed, but still offer the greatest upside

• Bottled water will continue to lead in volume with a projected growth rate of 5.4 % in the coming year

• Ready-to-drink (RTD) tea and Asian specialty drinks will be the fastest growing soft drink segments with projected growth rates in 2013 of 9 % and 14 %, respectively

• Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are set to undergo a new wave of refranchising as they look to shift bottling assets to strong franchise partners, allowing each giant to focus their efforts on brand building and marketing

• Supply and demand issues are leading to strategic sourcing for fruit juice companies. These include: juice suppliers increasing physical control (investing in growers), focusing on Market power and following adaptive strategies such as ingredient substitution or reformulation.

Coffee and Tea

• Continued growth in global coffee will be driven by three key drivers: innovation in single cup brewing (e.g. K-Cups, pods, etc.); premiumisation, with consumers choosing to drink higher quality coffee; and increased consumption in the 'away-from-home' channel in developed markets, led by Starbucks and McDonald's

• The global tea industry is forecast to face short supply in 2013. Key tea producing countries are expected to have a production drop in the range of 1 to 5 % in 2013 while demand is set to grow by 3 %. With consumption in India and China outpacing domestic production, reduced exports and rising prices are expected for both markets.

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