Pepsi vs Coke Essay

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Pepsi vs Coca Cola
For more than a century, Coca Cola and PepsiCo have been the major competitors within the soft drink market. By employing various advertising tactics, strategies such as blind taste tests, and reward initiatives for the consumer, they have grown to become oligopolistic rivals. In the soft-drink business, “The Coca-Cola Company” and “PepsiCo, Incorporated” hold most of the market shares in virtually every region of the world. They have brands that the consumers want, whether it be soft-drink brands or in PepsioCo’s case, snacks. With only one soft-drink market, the two competitors have no choice but to increase sales by stealing the other competitor’s clients. This led to the term, the “cola wars” which was first used
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During the “Pepsi Challenge,” the person would prefer one product to the other. In the late 1990s, “Pepsi launched its most successful long-term strategy of the Cola Wars, Pepsi Stuff.” The Consumers were “invited” to “Drink Pepsi, Get Stuff” by using codes on cans and bottle caps to redeem points for free Pepsi lifestyle merchandise. The battle continues today “as they battle for brand supremacy…through advertisements, slogans, and celebrity endorsements.”
However, no matter what the advertisements claim, the statistics concerning the shares and value of each company cannot lie. The Coca-Cola Company dominates the soft-drink market by owning four of the global top five soft-drink brands, which include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta, and Sprite. The Coca-Cola Company makes or licenses more than 400 drink products in more than 200 nations. In 2006, Coca Cola’s sales reached 24,088 million dollars and had a net income of about 5,080 million dollars, with 71,000 employees working in the company. PepsiCo, Incorporated is the largest snack maker and second largest soft-drink maker in the world. It sells beverages and snacks in approximately 200 nations as well. In 2006, its sales reached 35,137 million dollars and had a net income of $5,642 dollars with 168,000 employees working in the company. With these numbers, one can assume that Pepsi is earning more profit if wages payouts are not considered, but Pepsi has a large number of workers working for

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