The report reviews the wider beverage market in Australia, covering milk to cordial and liquor stores to corner shops. It illustrates that there has been a decline in beverage volume sales per person vs the same time five years ago. Conversely, the average dollar amount spent annually grew from $918 per person in 2005 to $1,066 per person in 2009.
‘New age’ drinks was the fastest growing category, with a value sales growth rate well over three times faster than the total beverage market over the last four years, driven by the strong performance and premium price positioning of functional water, tea drinks and energy drinks.
Coca-Cola was ranked in first place in the Top 50 beverage trademark ranking in value in 2009, overtaking Victoria Bitter, who held the leadership position in 2005. New trademarks that debuted included: Pure Blonde, Coca-Cola Zero, Lipton, Powerade, Red Bull, Brown Brothers and Solo.
Michael Walton, executive director at Nielsen, said: “New product development will remain a significant driver of the beverage category growth, particularly in categories where it can deliver the most effective results. These include functional water, cider, tea drinks, energy drinks, coffee and beer.
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