Coca-Cola stands not merely as a brand but as a cultural phenomenon embedded into the collective memory. In the modern landscape, its dynamic logo and vibrant red colour palette stand as a universally identifiable symbol, captivating the attention of consumers in the global food and beverage market. Notably, in the year 2022,  Coca-Cola’s brand value surged by 7%, reclaiming its status as the world's most valuable soft drink brand with an impressive valuation of USD 35.4 billion[1]. Today, more than a dozen major franchises, including McDonald’s, Subway, and Domino’s, are forming partnerships with Coca-Cola. These strategic alliances yield mutual benefits, granting the beverage giant access to previously untapped market segments while concurrently reinforcing its brand recognition on a broader scale.

The spectrum of Coca-Cola's offerings extends across a range of packaging and pricing options within franchises. This calls for an examination of the franchises that prominently feature Coca-Cola products. Through an analytical lens, this article unveils the differences in Coca-Cola's presence and packaging insights on food delivery.

Subway is the leading ‘Coca-Cola’ franchise on the US food delivery platforms

According to Dashmote’s data, among franchises selling products from the Coca-Cola Company in the United States, Subway clearly leads the way with an impressive number of 12.5K digital storefronts on food delivery platforms. McDonald's closely follows with 11K digital storefronts, while Burger King and Wendy's trail behind with each over 5K digital storefronts listing Coca-Cola on US food delivery platforms. Each of these franchises offer an excellent avenue for effectively listing the diverse range of Coca-Cola products to captive and engage customers.

It is worth noting that Domino's, despite being a major franchise selling Coca-Cola products in the US, operates its own delivery system and, as a result, is not featured on food-service aggregators like Uber Eats or Doordash. Consequently, it is not included in the current analysis.

When looking into smaller Franchises, The Cheesecake Factory and Sonic Drive-in exhibit a lower presence on US food delivery platforms listing Coca-Cola beverages, with approximately 200 digital storefronts each. 

The digital nature of food delivery platforms provides a treasure trove of data. For Coca-Cola, harnessing this data holds great potential in identifying high-performing restaurants and franchises across the United States, enabling the development of targeted and effective marketing strategies. Through rigorous data analysis, Coca-Cola strategically positions itself by aligning with specific occasions, demographics, and consumption patterns, allowing for optimised outreach and customer engagement.

Insights into Coca-Cola’s packagings and sizes across franchises on the US food delivery

Dashmote's data revealed that among the 12 main franchises that partner with Coca-Cola in the US, not all provide size selections (S/M/L) for customers when ordering Coca-Cola through food delivery. Amongst these are The Cheesecake Factory, Five Guys, Subway, Domino’s, and Jimmy John’s. And even for the franchises that do offer size selections, there is very limited specification of the exact amount in millilitres (ML).

It is advisable for franchises to consider offering Coca-Cola products in diverse sizes for a multitude of compelling reasons. The availability of a variety of drink sizes empowers customers to select portions that align with their occasion and social context, ultimately resulting in heightened customer satisfaction. This practice also accommodates health-conscious individuals seeking smaller portions to manage their calorie intake or to opt for more moderate servings. Moreover, adopting varying size options contributes to effective portion control and the reduction of food waste.

Dashmote's data also provides intriguing insights into the packaging of Coca-Cola offerings listed across various franchises on US food delivery platforms. Specifically, 5 out of 12 franchises offer their Coca-Cola products in bottles: The Cheesecake Factory, Five Guys, Subway, Domino’s, and Jimmy John’s. The other 7 offer fountain drinks: TGI Fridays, Sonic Drive-In, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s.

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Let's take a look at the giants of the soft drink industry. Coca-Cola and Pepsi are household names worldwide, originating in the USA and spreading their refreshing reach to every corner of the world, India included. They bring an international taste, with a variety of drink options that appeal to a wide range of palates.

In contrast, Thums Up offers a uniquely Indian experience. Originating in India during the 1970s as a local alternative to foreign brands, it presents a bolder, fizzier flavour, and is loved by many for its distinct taste and Indian roots [1].Despite being acquired by Coca-Cola in the '90s, Thums Up has managed to maintain its authentic Indian identity and connect deeply with local consumers. While some speculated that Coca-Cola's acquisition aimed to eliminate competition [2], the company has consistently denied such claims. The bond between Indians and Thums Up is so strong that a hill in Maharashtra has been named after the beloved drink.

Digital Storefronts: The New Battleground

A digital storefront is a virtual outlet where businesses showcase and sell products to a global audience. It has gained relevance due to the shift towards online shopping and the rise of e-commerce platforms. Having a digital storefront alongside physical stores is crucial, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, as it allows businesses to adapt and thrive. It offers lower operational costs, wider exposure, and the flexibility to operate from anywhere. However, having a digital storefront alone does not guarantee increased leads and sales. Implementing effective sales and marketing principles is necessary for consistent quality leads. In the soft drink industry in India, digital storefronts play a significant role in the competition between Thums Up, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola, revealing market penetration and growth. Digital storefronts provide businesses with an opportunity to overcome geographical limitations and tap into a larger market, contributing to their growth and success.

Comparing Market Presence

From Q1 2022 to Q2 2023, we monitored the online presence of three brands in digital storefronts selling soft drinks across India. Initially, Coca-Cola had a digital presence in approximately 62% of these platforms. In contrast, Pepsi had a presence in around 31%, while Thums Up, the local player, established itself on about 19% of these platforms.

Throughout this period, all three brands experienced growth in their digital presence. Despite a slight drop to about 57% by Q2 2023, Coca-Cola achieved an overall growth of approximately 18%. On the other hand, Pepsi started with a 31% presence and achieved an overall growth of approximately 32%, maintaining an average market penetration of around 30%. Thums Up, starting from a smaller base, demonstrated resilience and consistent growth, reaching approximately 20% by the end of the period. This represents an overall growth of about 29%.

5 Strategies for Thriving in India’s Beverage Market

Whether you're an established brand or a newcomer, the following strategies can serve as your roadmap to growth. Based on our analysis and industry insights, the beverage market in India offers significant opportunities for online success and market expansion [1]. To boost your online presence and expand your market reach, consider implementing the following key takeaways:

1 - Boost Your Digital Footprint: Online platforms have become the new battleground for brands. In the competition between Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Thums Up, all three have expanded their digital presence. To stay relevant, beverage brands need to strengthen their digital strategies. Our data indicates that there is still tremendous room for further growth in the online world.

2 - Embrace Constant Innovation: Coca-Cola India's planned expansion strategy, centered around innovation and diversification, provides a roadmap for brands. Continual reinvention is crucial to stay ahead in this ever-evolving market. For instance, Coca-Cola introduced new flavor variants and packaging formats, such as limited edition seasonal flavors or eco-friendly packaging options, showcasing their commitment to innovation and meeting evolving consumer preferences.

3 - Monitor Market Dynamics: Thums Up's rise to a 20% market share in India's soft drink sector despite fierce competition from Pepsi and Coca-Cola underscores the importance of understanding the market. To tap into growth opportunities, brands should diligently analyze market trends and consumer preferences. It is crucial for brands to keep pace with or exceed the market growth rate to maintain their competitive edge and capture a larger share of the expanding market. This requires proactive monitoring of market dynamics and swift adaptation to changing consumer demands and preferences.

4 - Celebrate Local Identity: Thums Up's success lies in maintaining its authentic Indian character, resonating deeply with local consumers. Brands should leverage the power of localization to establish a stronger connection with their audience. For example, Coca-Cola India has been focusing on beverage localization, expanding its portfolio of ethnic drinks, manufacturing products in India, and sourcing local ingredients [3]. By promoting regional languages in packaging labels and marketing campaigns, brands can enhance their hyper-local strategies and better resonate with the diverse Indian market [4].

5 - Harness Power of Collaboration: Thums Up's collaborations with celebrities and major events have contributed to its popularity. Strategic partnerships and collaborations can be effective strategies for beverage brands to expand their reach, increase brand visibility, and tap into new customer segments. By collaborating with influencers, celebrities, local artists, or prominent events, beverage brands can leverage their existing fan base, gain credibility, and generate buzz around their products. Additionally, partnerships with e-commerce platforms, food delivery services, or other relevant online platforms can provide opportunities for increased exposure and accessibility.

By incorporating these strategies into your business approach and continuously tracking your progress through data-driven decisions, any beverage brand, regardless of size, can strive to achieve sustained growth and establish a strong market presence. Remember to stay true to your unique identity and leverage the wealth of opportunities presented by the online world.

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At Dashmote, we're committed to helping businesses navigate challenges and succeed in the digital marketplace. As the leading big data and AI analytics company in the F&B industry, we empower brands to make strategic decisions based on comprehensive analysis and valuable insights into the food delivery market and F&B trends.

Ready to advance your online business? Get in touch with our team at Together, let's build a strong online presence for your Food & Beverage business. 

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Prepare for a fascinating journey into the world of fizzy drinks within the United Kingdom's top food delivery franchises. We will uncover exciting rivalries, surprising prices, and partnerships that you never heard about. From the fast-food giants like McDonald's and Subway to the finger-lickin' good KFC, join us as we explore the refreshing drinks that make these places even more enjoyable. Get ready to sip, savor, and discover the secrets behind your favorite franchise beverages in the UK.

Top 10 Franchises in the UK

Franchising has become the backbone of the UK's booming food delivery industry. Our analysis focuses on the digital storefronts (DSF) on world-renown platforms such as Uber Eats, Just Eat, and Deliveroo. Excluding coffee-based franchises like Starbucks and Costa Coffee, Subway appears like the undisputed king of franchises with a staggering 5,100 DSFs. Next in line, the golden arches of McDonald's shine brightly with around 3,300 DSFs, followed closely by chicken paradise KFC with approximately 2,600 DSFs. If you are fond of pizza, then Pizza Hut and Papa John's won’t leave you disappointed with their 2,000 and 1,500 DSFs respectively. Joining the food frenzy, the flame-grilled wonders of Burger King are available in around 1,400 DSFs, and the globally-known peri-peri chicken franchise, Nando's, with about 800 DSFs. In addition, emerging franchises like German Doner Kebab, Taco Bell, and Five Guys bring their own flavors to the mix, adding around 370, 350, and 300 DSFs, respectively, to the food delivery extravaganza.

Beverage Battle: Coke vs. Pepsi

Now, let's dive into the heart of the battle and uncover the secret alliances between the top ten franchises and the beverage giants, Coca-Cola and Pepsi. These effervescent powerhouses have chosen their sides, and the battlefield is set.

Leading the charge, we have Coca-Cola, partnering with heavy hitters like McDonald's, Burger King, Nando's, and Five Guys. McDonald's, famous for its mouthwatering burgers and crispy fries, has joined forces with Burger King, creating a sparkling symphony that bridges the rivalry between the fast-food titans. Nando's, renowned for its fiery peri-peri chicken, and Five Guys, the burger joint extraordinaire, also proudly serve up the refreshing goodness of Coca-Cola beverages.

On the flip side, we have Pepsi, the challenger, supplying Subway, KFC, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, and Taco Bell with its irresistible bubbly creations. Interestingly, all the franchises under the Yumyum parent company - KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell - have embraced the Pepsi revolution, displaying a united front within the company. Subway, the sandwich maestro, and Papa John's, the pizza connoisseur, also hop on the Pepsi bandwagon, adding a twist to their already tantalizing menus.

But wait, there's a twist in the tale! German Doner Kebab stands as a neutral ground, catering to the diverse tastes of its customers by offering both Coca-Cola and Pepsi products. It's a win-win situation for the kebab aficionados who can choose their bubbly allegiance!

Sip, Savor, and Surprise: Beverage Insights

Now that we've unveiled the alliances, let's delve into pricing. Brace yourself for surprising discoveries about the cost of indulging in a refreshing Pepsi or Coca-Cola drink at these popular eateries.

When it comes to affordability, Subway Fountains retail park in Tunbridge Wells takes the crown. Just Eat offers a delightful deal: a 500ml bottle of Diet Pepsi for just £0.99. But hold your cola horses! We stumbled upon an eye-catching anomaly during our quest. Brace yourself for the most expensive drink we found on Just Eat, listed at Subway on 2 Graham Street in Airdrie, offering a 1500ml bottle of Pepsi for an astonishing £123.79. While this outrageous price is likely an error, it adds a touch of excitement to our adventure. Setting anomalies aside, the priciest non-alcoholic cola among the franchises can be found at a Subway in Tamworth, where a 1.5-liter bottle of Pepsi will set you back £5.39, once again via Just Eat.

Shifting our focus to the realm of Coca-Cola within these franchises, the pricing landscape takes a different twist. Prepare your taste buds for a rollercoaster of flavors and prices! The most expensive Coca-Cola product awaits at Burger King, where a 500ml bottle will cost you £3.29 across multiple platforms. But, for those looking to enjoy a Coke on a budget, McDonald's is your go-to place. Head to the Northampton location via Deliveroo, and you can secure a refreshing 200ml fountain drink for a mere £1.09.

Last Sip: The Epilogue of Fizzy Feuds

In our daring exploration of the beverage offerings within the UK's top food delivery franchises, we have unveiled captivating insights and surprising pricing details. It's remarkable to see the variety in sizes, packaging, and prices that each franchise brings to the table, quite literally! From the pocket-friendly 500ml bottles of Diet Pepsi for just £0.99 at Subway Fountains to 1.5-liter bottles of Pepsi priced at £5.39 at a Subway in Tamworth, the range of options is as vast as the taste buds they satisfy. And let’s not forget the astonishing anomaly of £123.79 price tag for a 1500ml bottle of Pepsi, reminding us that surprises can be found in the unlikeliest places. These diverse beverage choices and their diverse offerings truly add to the uniqueness and enjoyment of each franchise, making every sip an adventure itself. So, the next time you order your favorite meal, take a moment to appreciate the different sizes, packaging, and prices that make the beverage experience at these franchises a delightful adventure.

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At Dashmote, we're committed to helping businesses navigate challenges and succeed in the digital marketplace. As the leading big data and AI analytics company in the F&B industry, we empower brands to make strategic decisions based on comprehensive analysis and valuable insights into the food delivery market and F&B trends.
Ready to advance your online business? Get in touch with our team at Together, let's build a strong online presence for your Food & Beverage business. For more insights into curious pricing  stories in the digital market dynamics, we recommend our article The Global Phenomenon of Abnormal Pricing in the Online Food & Beverage Industry.

The Coca-Cola Corporation (KO) and PepsiCo (PEP) have been long-term competitors in the global non-alcoholic beverage industry. Both two powerhouses have a large global presence, controlling a number of brand names that are recognized worldwide each. In the US, KO and PEP alone controll around three-quarters of the soft drink and beverage industry. KO had a US market share of 46.3% in carbonated soft drinks in 2021, followed by PEP with a 25.6% US market share[1]

Coca-Cola has been the market leader since 2004[2]. With a brand value up 7% in 2022, Coca-Cola once again was named the world’s most valuable soft drink brand with a brand value of US$35.4 billion[3]. Pepsi ranked second, with a brand value of US$21 billion in 2022. With similar business models and target markets[4], the rivalry between them, which is typically known as the “cola wars'', has never stopped since the brands spanned the globe. In this article, we investigate the competition between the world’s largest beverage brands in the global food delivery industry. We provide insights into the global picture of the prevalence and growth of Coca-Cola and Pepsi on food delivery platforms in 2022.

Coca-Cola VS Pepsi: Brand penetration rate on food delivery in 2022

By partnering with delivery aggregators for combo meal deals and marketing collaborations, both brands strive to benefit from the growth of food delivery platforms. With a rich 129-year-long history, Coca-Cola is still the most consumed soda in the world. It has a staggering 10.000 products consumed every second across 200 countries. Coca-Cola is also the most well-known brand on global food delivery platforms. 

Dashmote’s data shows that Coca-Cola outperforms Pepsi in all five countries. It has a penetration rate that varies between 48% to 82% on food delivery in Q3, 2022. Pepsi penetrates 11% to 34% of the beverage market on food delivery. In Canada, the difference in penetration rates between the two brands is the smallest, which is around 15 percentage points. In France, however, Coca-Cola has a penetration rate that is around seven times higher than Pepsi.

Coca-Cola VS Pepsi: YTD growth on food delivery in 2022

Despite the domination of Coca-Cola on food delivery across five countries, Pepsi, another iconic and world-leading beverage brand, is quickly catching up. Dashmote’s data reveals the YTD growth rate of the number of digital storefronts selling Coca-Cola/Pepsi on food delivery across five countries. Pepsi has a strong average YTD growth rate of 12.2% on food delivery. This is almost double than 6.5% for Coca-Cola. Surprisingly, the growth of Pepsi outpaces Coca-Cola in France, the US, Canada, and Australia. The growth rate of Pepsi was the highest in Australia in 2022 (23%). 

Both brands faced disruptions in consumer consumption patterns during the pandemic. They also face fierce competition from the growing market of energy and nutritional drinks. Actions taken by the brands to overcome these challenges include reducing sugar in their drink offerings, improving environmental sustainability in packaging and recycling, and partnering with food delivery platforms to increase sales during reductions in social gatherings. By having a strong presence and engagement in the digital space, Coca-Cola and Pepsi can have additional opportunities to adapt their brands to the ever-changing consumer habits. 

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