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Issues :
y y y y y y Accused of water insanity Greenwashing through marketing techniques Not so good relationship with Fiji government High taxes on products High transportation costs and carbon footprint Reduced profitability as a result of taxes

Fiji Water Company history:
y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Early 90s by Canadian David Gilmour Founder of renowned Wakaya Island resort Bottle the water straight from the source Unpolluted, pristine location of the source purest water Entailed higher costs of transportation Corporate HQ in Basalt, Colorado to handl the brand s main market : the US Use of Fiji suppliers for bottles and packaging Imported bottle caps 2000s : rising demand = new plant Bought in 2004 by Roll International -Stewart and Lynda ResnikHQ moved to Los Angeles 3rd bottling line +1 million bottles a day 2008 : Market expantions Local workers in the plant good for local economy

Facts & Figures about the company and market
y y y 90% of production exported importance of global demand Shift of market towards New Age products since early 90s in terms of beverages Bottled water : fastest growing segment in the beverage industry

elegant and trendy In the US market: consumption of bottled water higher than any other beverage US consumers as a total spend more on bottled water than on ipods or movies tickets 4 major companies dominating the market o Nestlé largest market shareo Coca Cola o PepsiCo o Danone Success of US launch = skillful marketing strategy y Differentiation of Fiji brands in a crowded market over 400 brandso Unique positioning o Innovative packaging o Premium product pricing o Effective distribution o Image creating publicity o Celebrity status .y y y y By 2007: bottled water was the second largest beverage category US being the leading consumer Top 10 consuming nation account for 73% of the world s water consumption of bottled water Emerging consumers: China and India Conquering the American market y y y y y y y y y y y y First launch in California in 1997 1998: sophisticated NYC Market Second selling position in the US after 5 years presence amongst still water imported brands Number 1 in 2008 Achievement: highly competitive market where leaders in soft drinks also launched their brands In the US market: exponential growth of per capital consumption of bottled water (x2 19972007) Baby boom generation obsessively health conscious and fitness oriented Bottled water popular amongst young generations as well Bottled water considered not healthy but also fashionable.

TO THE CUSTOMER o o o o o o o Smooth pure taste no after taste Low mineralization Influential magazines placement Educating consumers High level of silica believed to promote rejuvenation and anti-agingPurity no pollution Mystique surrounding the product PACKAGING: One the fundamental ways to differenciate y y y y y y y y y NOT the usual packaging: round. three dimensional graphics tropical origin Originally designed by a NYC-based advertising agency Gold border on label image of quality Blue cap + blue waterfall and green-blue colors in the see-through labels Pink hibiscus Explanatory label such as what ecosystem is your water from for instance Pricing & Distribution y y y Premium pricing Medium or low would have been impossible due to transportation costs Home market : use of Coca Cola Amatil for distribution US market: numerous distributors o Wholesalers o Retail chains o Individual stores o High end restaurants and hotels o Online sales o Mass merchandisers o Convenience stores o Drug stores o Gas stations Affordable luxury strategy .THE PRODUCT. with paper labels The forst company in the industry s history to use square bottles Creating a product signature Bright.

the secret of FIJI Water s success in the United States seemed to lie in its marketers ability to elevate the world s simplest drink to celebrity status. refinement. It was a promise of good health.How the distribution was put in place y y y y Originally: 3 major distribution centers Specialized distribution firms Then. exclusive distributorship agreement with Cadbury Schweppes Expansion of agreement to cover Canada Building an image y y y y y y y y y y y y At the beginning: very little formal or paid advertising Printed ads in in-flight magazines Word-of-mouth Free product placement Targeted sampling Turned new customers into brand evangelists Targeting venue that resonated with brand image Celebrity endorsement Favorite bottled water in famous resaurants Celebrity chefs using the water as an ingredient 2007: marketing campaign In sum. and exclusivity. status. It was a tropical paradise captured in a bottle ! . It evoked images of unspoiled natural beauty and purity. goodtasting liquid. FIJI Water was much more than just pure.