Essay on Industry Analysis Csd

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Mohan Shiv Section #1 Boston College Carroll School of Management MM 720 Management Practice I STRATEGIC ANALYSIS Professor MCCLEELLAN Case: Cola wars Continue: Coke and Pepsi in the 21st Century September INDUSTRY ANALYSIS OF THE CARBONATED SOFT DRINKS INDUSTRY Description of the Industry The industry of Carbonated Soft Drinks (CSD) is highly concentrated. The three major companies, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, and Cadbury Schweppes accounted in 1998 for more than 90% of market share by case volume –Exhibit 1-. Generally, there are 4 participants in the market, involved in the process of production and distribution, namely, concentrate producers, bottlers, retail channels, and suppliers. Porter's 5 forces analysis reveals…show more content…
Moreover, Pepsi attempted to differentiate its products from Coke's by targeting a different category of consumers, as Pepsi focused on the teen's market segment. The competition goes beyond the domestic market. Coke and Pepsi have fought over international markets in order to increase sales and profitability as the US market becomes more mature, with a slowing growth rate. Key trends in the CSD industry The CSD industry has undergone many changes, while Coke and Pepsi continued to maintain their positioning as the official competitors and dominant market players. The key trends in the industry include: 1- Favorable demographic trends that boosted the sales of Coke and Pepsi. The per capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks increased from 22.7 to 53 gallons over the period 1970-2000 –See Exhibit 4- The sales of Coke went up from 5.5 billion $ in 1980 to 20.5 billion $ in 2000. Likewise, Pepsi has nearly quadrupled its total sales over the same period to 20.4 billion $. 2- The change in the consumers' taste is another key trend in the industry. Many substitutes to carbonated soft drinks gained more popularity among consumers. Exhibit 5 shows an increase in the consumption of bottled water from 11.8 in 1998 to 13.2 gallons/capita in 2000, and that of juices from 10 to 10.4 gallons/capita at the expense of
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