Despite this fact, US is the largest consumer of bottled water in the world. Many reasons, like concerns about tap water quality, purity, convenience, and aesthetics are the drivers behind this basic essential being sold at a premium in the form of bottled water. From $60 billion industry in 2006, the global bottled water market valuation has exponentially grown to $99 billion in 2010 and projected to reach a value of $126 billion by 2015 (EPA) (see fig.1). According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, in 2012, the total volume of bottled water consumed in the United States was 9.67 billion gallons, a 6.2 percent increase and sales increased by 6.7 percent from the 2011 (see fig.2). Safety,
According to "Trends In The Global Beer Markets" (2008), (Consumption patterns). In the countries experiencing the most beer growth there is also evidence that beer has been gaining a larger portion of the overall commercial alcohol market in the area. Beer consumption had an increase of 6% from 2000 to 2010 from 34% of the commercial alcohol market to 40%. The global beer market is expected to continue to grow especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Forecasts beyond 2012 predict the fastest growth in China but anticipate growth in Vietnam, Brazil, Ukraine, Nigeria, India and Peru.
Its shops tripled from 2000 to 2004, with 427 stores in 45 states and four foreign countries. However, at the end of 2004, the company announced several accounting revelations, changing image of the company in Wall Street and plummeting its stock price in the market. On May 7, 2004, it indicated that its Hot Doughnut and Coffee Shops were falling short of expectations and that it had plans to close three of them (resulting in a charge of 7 to 8 million dollars). Following the news, the Wall Street Journal addressed the aggressive accounting treatment the company had made for franchise acquisitions. For instance, it purchased a struggling Michigan franchise, asked some of its underperforming stores to be closed, and agreed to pay the company’s accrued interest on past-due loans for it to raise its purchase price of the franchise.
According to Bloomberg Business Week, Coca-Cola remains the best globally recognized brand across all industries for years, while Pepsi’s brand ranked number 25 in the year 2008. Thus, Coca-Cola is able to charge premiums for its syrup concentrates due to its larger market shares and better brand name recognition. In order to compete against Coca-Cola and increase revenue, Pepsi has diversified its businesses as I stated above into other markets such as snacks, chips, and breakfast foods, with its core business focusing on soft drinks. Undoubtedly, the company’s strongest and most identifiable brand is indeed Pepsi but it has a certain advantage over Coca-Cola since it is more diversified. On April 9, 2009, Coca-Cola Company reported cash and cash equivalent to be $6,816,000,000 and on December 26, 2009, Pepsi reported cash and cash equivalent to be $3,943,000,000.
In 2001, Zappos more than quadrupled their yearly sales, bringing in $8.6 million. In 2002, they opened their own fulfillment center in Kentucky. In 2003, Zappos reached $70 million in growth. In 2004, Zappos did $184 million in gross sales. Over the next three years, Zappos doubled their annual revenues, hitting $840 million in gross sales by 2007.
Both BP and ExxonMobil are giant, integrated organizations with exposure to oil, natural gas, refining, and downstream products. Net incomes of these oil companies generally follow the behavior of oil prices, focusing on their Net Income between 2007 and 2011 were record profit years for the industry. BP’s 2010 net income was affected by the costs to the company of the Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s adjusted income in 2010 was $14.2 billion,while ExxonMobil profit were $30.5 billion, up 57% from 2009. BP's total debt has increased over the past five years.
Running head: Dollar General 1 Dollar General Columbia College RUNNING HEAD: Dollar General 2 Dollar General Dollar General is the leader when it comes to discount dollar stores with an annual profit of more than $12.73 billion a year. The major competition in the dollar discount stores for Dollar General in order are Family Dollar and the Dollar Tree. Another key player in discount stores is Walmart, although not a dollar discount store Walmart dominates all markets with $419.24 billion in revenue. 2011 brought on a year of expansion for Dollar General with plans to open up 650 new stores and remodel another 550 creating 6.000 new jobs in additional employees. Dollar General in owned by Koldberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P (KKR) who own more than 79% of all shares in Dollar General.
In particular, its exports rose by 6 percent in 2014 to reach 813,000 hectoliters (21.48 million gallons) of beer, the best result in 119 years. Budvar exported to 70 countries last year, five more than the previous year, and output reached 1.457 million hectoliters, up 2.5 percent from 2013” (Fox Business, 2015). Overall, Budvar exports 50% of its annual output and uses the Budweiser brand in most European markets, including Germany, the U.K., Italy, Russia and Turkey (Rousek, 2014). Contrastly, AB InBev is much larger than Budvar, producing roughly 300 million hectoliters of beer a year focusing mainly on the US, Asian, and South American markets (Rousek, 2014). However, the Czech company has been “punching above its weight in the legal arena” by winning 88 of 124 disputes between 2000 and 2011 and holding exclusive rights in 68 countries, mostly in Europe, preventing AB Inbev from selling its Budweiser brand in many key markets such as Germany (USAToday, 2012).
Market Conditions Centralia, Missouri had food and beverage sales of $62.3 million in 2002, which was a 4.6 percent increase over the previous year. Superior and three other major competitors, Harrisons, Grand American, and Missouri Mart account for eighty-five percent of food sales in Centralia. 41.6 percent of Centralia’s population is between the ages of twenty-five and fifty-four. 30.6 percent of household income is between $15,000 and $34,999 and 39.6 percent is between $35,000, and $74,999. In 2002, Superior held an estimated twenty-three percent of the food sales market, Missouri Mart had twenty-seven percent, Harrison’s had twenty-two percent, and Grand American had thirteen percent.
Today, Absolut is the number one selling imported vodka in Canada, the USA, Finland and other counties Today it’s the Third largest spirit brand behind Barcardi & Smirnoff, its sold in 126 countries. Worldwide sales in 2010 are 99m litters. Now, Absolut is owned by French group Pernod Ricard; they bought Absolut for €5.63 billion in 2008 from the Swedish state. Customers At the present moment, Absolut vodka is produced for import more than for domestic use. Most of all, it is consumed in USA, Canada