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The world’s most valuable soft drinks brands

08 September 2014

According to Canadean’s latest data the value of the global soft drinks market increased by less than 2% in 2013 to US$937billion, but the Red Bull energy drink and key Chinese brands, such as Kangshifu, are making their mark.

The speed at which major Chinese brands are achieving top global value status is highlighted in Canadean’s chart of the top 20 most valuable soft drinks brands. In 2008 only Kangshifu (Tingyi Holding Corp) made the grade, ranking sixteenth. The intervening years to 2013 have seen the brand jump to number seven, representing an annual average growth rate of 19% vs a global average of 4%. In 2013 Canadean estimates that the Kangshifu brand attained a value approaching US$10 billion.

Eye-catching too is Red Bull (Red Bull Trading). Just ahead of Kangshifu in sixth position, the strength of the Red Bull energy drink in on-premise and ‘on the go’ channels, and ability to withstand the impact of even some of the worst hit country economies in recent years, underlies consumer willingness to pay for a perceived image and personal benefit. According to Canadean, Red Bull has recorded an annual average growth in value of 7% since 2008 to reach US$12 billion in 2013.

Of the other Chinese brands, Jiaduobao (Guangdong Jiaduobao Drink & Food Co), the leading Chinese herbal drink joined the top 20 line-up in 2012, rising two places to number fourteen in 2013. Hangzhou Wahaha Group, China’s leading domestic soft drinks company, saw its Wahaha brand make the leading 20 in 2013, despite a slowdown in overall brand volume growth as the company sought to diversify its business into other industries.

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A look at the top end of the global top 20 most valuable soft drinks ranking for 2013 reveals no surprises, with the Coca-Cola brand in pole position, followed by Pepsi-Cola on the strength of their global reach. Both trademarks saw a rise in value of only around 1% in 2013, as growth in the international markets was tempered by a sharp contraction in sales in the USA.

Amongst the other Coca-Cola company brands within the global top 20 listing, the most successful in value growth terms was Minute Maid, supported by a strong performance in Asia - and more specifically China and Japan. Within the ranking, PepsiCo’s most upbeat performance with regards toincremental value came from its Mirinda carbonate, benefiting from the company’s investment in promotional activity in 2013 in China.

Meanwhile Monster energy drinks’ (Monster Beverage Corp) rising star saw it take a step up the value ladder in 2013, supported by its evolving range of products and flavours. With the recent announcement of Coca-Cola’s acquisition of a stake in Monster Beverage Corp, as AntonellaReda, a Canadean Analyst said ‘…how theexpansion of distribution through the Coca-Cola system can further Monster’s value share will be one to watch’.

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Red Bull has done particularly well in the last couple of years. The brand is now the sixth largest soft drinks brand with a value of US$12 billion in 2013. Chinese Tingyi Holding Corp. wich holds drinks such as the popular Kangshifu Milk Tea has also seen impressive growth. The brand has grown by an annual average of 19% since 2008 - far higher than the global average of 4%. 


This information is based on the latest soft drinks value data in Canadean’s online Wisdom Analytics database. Canadean’s Soft Drinks service covers more than 80 countries.

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