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CASE BACKGROUND With over twenty-‐two iconic brands, Britvic Soft Drinks is the second-‐biggest drink manufacturer in Britain. These brands include carbonated drinks, still and dilutable drinks, fruit juices, bottled waters, energy drinks, and a lot more. Over the years, it has earned the following prestigious titles: #1 supplier of still soft drinks in the UK, #1 supplier of on-‐premise soft drinks in the UK, #2 supplier of carbonated soft drinks in the UK, and #2 supplier of take-‐home soft drinks in the UK. Britvic is not only operating in Great Britain but is also an industry leader in Ireland and France. Through its increasing market share, Britvic was able to increase its wealth and grow its overseas presence, particularly in Australia and the United States. For this particular case, the perspective will be from the current position of Britvic in the United Kingdom. II. ISSUE IDENTIFICATION Given that Britvic’s brand portfolio is so varied that they can be associated with constant innovation/diverse options, how can Britvic adapt to the changing tastes and lifestyles of its consumers while maintaining market leadership? III. SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS A. Market Analysis UK consumers of Britvic products lie within the increased frequency and increased value stages of the consumer response scale. They actively have a recall of Britvic’s brands and are willing to purchase them from time to time. Since Britvic is a dominant market leader in the soft drinks category in UK, it is possible that it has established a solid base of loyal consumers. However, in terms of international consumer response, Britvic falls within familiarity and exchange level. Some may have heard of Britvic’s sub-‐brands, say 7Up and Lipton Ice Tea, but may not necessarily have associated these sub-‐brands with Britvic itself. B. Brand Situational Analysis i Environmental Analysis Social. In a dynamic and fast-‐paced world of health-‐conscious consumers, there is a constant seeking for instant sources -‐ those that can either be used for their daily needs or as energizers that will enable them to perform to their maximum potential. Technological. In industrialized countries, a myriad of factories and industries manufacturing goods and products abound cities and metropolitan areas. Technological improvements in packaging, bottling, and processing ingredients have been implemented for a more efficient and cost-‐effective operation. An example is the emergence of the use of soft pouches -‐ which may come with shielded spouts to prevent drink spilling -‐ to replace traditional bottles and cans. PepsiCo was able to complete their 100% plant-‐based bottling, with biomaterials like pine bark, corn husks and switch grass are used. These materials can also be sourced from other production processes of companies. Economic. The UK is experiencing a challenging time as unemployment reaches a 17-‐year high and consumer confidence levels are still low. But, with the help of the Olympic Games, the rising popularity of sports, and the emergence of many energy drinks in the market, the soft drinks industry has achieved a growth of 4.1% in consumption volume. Political. In March 2012, the government has launched a new initiative called the Public Health Responsibility Deal. The main goal of this initiative was to encourage businesses and other organizations to improve public health. Many soft drink companies heeded this call through creating programs on food, alcohol, physical activity and health at work. Moreover, beverages are regulated by the Food Standards Agency and Exclusive Bottling Agreements (EBA) to ensure the health safety and compliance to quality control standards. ii SWOT Analysis Strengths. Britvic has been consistent in delivering innovations in the soft drinks and bottling industry, such as the use of stevia extract as a natural alternative sweetener for their products. The company’s diverse brand portfolio is also a valuable element as it enables the company to reach a wider market. Team Six-‐y Acuña | Astudillo | Dela Cruz, J. | Dimaano | Ducanes | Salayog | Santos | Tablante
Britvic also provides fully serviced vending machines. light.50-‐£4. and cinemas. hotels. Core markets are identified to be the ‘take-‐home’ and ‘on-‐premise’. and casual conversations with friends from time to time. due to its affiliation and acquisition of other company brands. To increase frequency of purchase of Britvic’s brands among ‘occasional/seasonal’ buyers and steal a portion of Coca-‐Cola’s loyal consumers in UK. utilizing marketing campaigns involving TV advertisements. Consumers want a drinking brand that can cater to different lifestyles. enabling people to be more social. which are mostly in the public sector such as leisure centers. Portray Britvic as a beverage brand of products that can be shared by people of different backgrounds in everyday situations. Communications. Threats. as with any other companies. investments. Unfortunately. thus boosting its global position. “I want to enjoy my company even if I don’t want to drink alcohol” Marketing Strategy Reinforcing that J2O can be drank anywhere and anytime. and #2 supplier of take-‐home soft drinks in the UK. #1 supplier of on-‐premise soft drinks in the UK. The aforementioned acquisitions. relaunching of brands that it acquired. Brand Framework BUSINESS STRATEGY Business Objective Marketing Objective To achieve dominant market leadership in UK against the Coca-‐Cola Company. Committed to creating and building brands that delight consumers always and to maintain a strong track record of innovation in products and packaging. With such. pubs & bars. while the latter consists of restaurants. market share can be further increased and international expansions will be made possible. To increase purchase frequency and brand loyalty among J2O’s current users. Competition. and venturing into social network. The former includes major supermarkets and small local shops. Competitors such as the Coca-‐Cola Company require Britvic to think of strategic and innovative ways to meet the demands of the competition.K. To remain as the dominant leader in the market by continuing to brand itself as the best-‐selling packaged adult soft drink in U. | Dimaano | Ducanes | Salayog | Santos | Tablante . Develop Britvic as a whole unified portfolio that can not only be enjoyed occasionally by specific and separate markets but can also cater to both the needs and wants of any market at any point of their lives. it is a challenge to keep the users hooked. Price ranges from £3. Britvic is the #1 supplier of still soft drinks in the UK. Its communication channels include launching of Britvic’s own products. Place. J. Begin a new marketing launch for J2O to Team Six-‐y Acuña | Astudillo | Dela Cruz. they enjoy “feel-‐good”. Britvic’s individuality as a brand continues to fade. Britvic J2O Major Business Issue/ Opportunity Consumer Insight For brands like J2O that has reached the critical point of its life cycle. D. pubs. Britvic lacks global presence especially in Eastern countries. For BC young professionals. #2 supplier of carbonated soft drinks in the UK. Price.00 per bottle. Moreover. and mergers can also be seen as opportunities for the company. Britvic is the leading soft drinks and bottling company in the UK that offers a wide portfolio of brands so that everyone can experience the taste of high-‐grade bottled juices and drinks. C. Opportunities. poses a challenge to Britvic in gaining dominance in the market.Britvic: Creating a Brand Flavor Case 3 Weaknesses. Marketing Mix of Britvic Product.
Emphasize on the quality of the ingredients used to justify the price of £2. etc. has fully embodied the refreshing fruit taste of the beverage. Product Form: J2O is a ready-‐to-‐drink beverage that comes in various solid colors and contained in revamped bottles – slimmer in size to create an illusion of having a taller and more sophisticated shape. colorful. A. lychee. Make different varieties (“sugarfree”.G. Ingredients: It is a still soft drink with 50% fruit juice content. “detoxifying”. Ingredients: Britvic has a diverse portfolio of drinks. in Chicago). the new flavors are Orange & Pomegranate.g. Apple & Blueberry . loved ones. History: J2O is manufactured by Britvic and was launched in 1998. but it mainly carries soft drinks which are primarily made of a combination of fruit juices. Grape & Kiwi and Winter Berries. Manufacturing: J2O’s White Grape & Kiwi and Red Grape & Blackcurrant variants were developed to mimic the experience of having red or white wine as meal accompaniments. since it is an option for them to expand in other countries (not just in the US and Australia).Britvic: Creating a Brand Flavor Case 3 "reposition the drink as a force that brings people together. Dannii Minogue. “energizing”. they can come up with flavors made of local materials. Expand distribution globally through giving bottling rights to companies (i. It is currently sold in UK and Ireland. Apple & Mango. The first flavors of J2O include Orange & Passion fruit. Product Form: Their products come in innovative packages which makes it convenient for their consumers. Barr) for potential global expansion Communications. History: Britvic was initially produced in 1983 in Great Britain. Users/Endorsers: Britvic has a variety of users and endorsers because of their diverse products that cater to different needs. Capitalize on social media and utilization of viral promotions. like coconut (in Asia-‐Pacific). was also chosen as a Diet Pepsi endorser because she "appeals to our target audience as she is self-‐confident and in control of her life. They've also supported the World Cup. which has created a 16. J. active Tone of Voice: Laid back yet credible-‐ sounding Value: Tasty refreshment in a bottle Innovating drink flavors for 75 years Brand Idea IV. Exotic Beverage Co.99 since it has taken a premium position in the market. enjoyment – Life is better lived with the company of others A bottleful of togetherness Proof/ Reasons to Believe Brand Tonality Personality: Young.2% increase in profits in its third quarter results. etc. Users: It is specially designed for clubbers who aren’t inclined to drinking alcoholic beverages. Robinsons have used Old Hethers for their senior market. as it was a practical and an important source of vitamin C. Also consider merger agreements with other big companies (e. and Apple & Melon.) for plausible sub-‐brands of Britvic.00-‐£3." J2O is the juice drink made with premium flavors for that perfectly blended fruity taste.e. and if they want to expand to Asia. Place. energizing. Personality: Social Tone of Voice: Welcoming and engaging Values: Friends. RECOMMENDATIONS (Britvic in total) Product. it catered to the nutritional needs of people. | Dimaano | Ducanes | Salayog | Santos | Tablante . featuring a vibrant color palette. During the Great Depression. Recent changes in the marketing strategy positioned J2O as a premium brand. Price.” CREATIVE STRATEGY USP Britvic promises to create and deliver exciting flavors for the convenience and enjoyment of the young and old alike. Team Six-‐y Acuña | Astudillo | Dela Cruz. Packaging: The new graphic design of J2O bottles.
weebly. particularly when it comes to water <http://www.facebook. particularly when it comes to their health and vitality.marketingmagazine. mainly regarding their family and health • Want to improve their health • Buy into brands.britviclearningzone.com/PDF/UK%20soft%20drinks%20report%202012.com/J2O • Great Britain – http://www.co.britvic.britvic.uk/Drinks-‐Brands-‐ News/Britvic-‐J2O-‐s-‐out-‐to-‐target-‐adults • Britvic repositions J2O in brand overhaul -‐ 23 May 2012 – http://www.Britvic: Creating a Brand Flavor Case 3 APPENDICES APPENDIX 1: Understanding Buckets Oliver Davies.marketingweek. I appreciate casual meet-‐ups with old friends and catch up on what is happening with their lives. a typical British man § Lifestyle: I balance work and play.pdf • Orbis Foods – http://orbisfoods. mainly work in the City • Less traditional.morningadvertiser.com/britvic-‐j2o.uk/Reports/Annual-‐Report-‐2012/index.php> REFERENCES: • Britvic GB’s Official Website – http://www.co.com/marketing/a_z/index.uk/news/1133252/Britvic-‐repositions-‐J2O-‐brand-‐overhaul • Packaging Today -‐ New looks and blends for Britvic J2O range -‐ 11 June 2012 – http://www.asp?storycode=70901 • J2O – https://www.britishsoftdrinks.uk/ • Annual Report 2012 – http://www.uk/story. I treat myself after a hard day of work.co. | Dimaano | Ducanes | Salayog | Santos | Tablante . APPENDIX 2: Health Conscious Females and Urban Professionals Health conscious females tended to be: • Aged 25-‐44 • Affluent -‐ the majority work full time • London biased.co.co.article • Britvic J2O's out to target adults -‐ 09 June 2005 – http://www.aspx Team Six-‐y Acuña | Astudillo | Dela Cruz.uk/britvic-‐ launches-‐j2o-‐juice-‐brand/2048854. 25. J.britvic. receptive to new messages • Prepared to pay more for quality products -‐ particularly when they affect their diet • Heavily tuned into their health -‐ it shapes their life and most will be aware of the need to drink 2-‐3 liters of water per day Urban professionals tend to: • Be aged under 45 • Have a family • Work full time • Live in major conurbations and cities • Be ambitious • Make sacrifices for their career.com/company-‐profile/where-‐we-‐operate/great-‐britain.packagingtoday.html#/1/ • From British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) – http://www.html • Britvic launches J2O juice brand -‐ 24 September 1998 – http://www.co. § Aspirations: I want to be financially self-‐supporting without having to work all day and night for a job I do not enjoy § Relationships: I enjoy the company of my good friends and family.
uk/brands/britvic/ PR Week – www.uk/soft-‐drinks-‐industry-‐thrives-‐despite-‐tough-‐economy/3025395.marketingweek.prweek. | Dimaano | Ducanes | Salayog | Santos | Tablante .article Britvic – www.com Top innovations in drinks packaging -‐ 20 December 2011 – http://www.marketingweek.co.co.foodprocessing-‐ technology.marketingweek.com/features/featuretop-‐innovations-‐in-‐drinks-‐packaging J2O adopts 'premium' positioning -‐ 23 May 2012 – http://www.co.uk/sectors/food-‐and-‐ drink/j2o-‐adopts-‐premium-‐positioning/4001843.Britvic: Creating a Brand Flavor Case 3 • • • • • Soft drinks industry thrives despite tough economy -‐ 12 Apr 2011 – http://www. J.article Team Six-‐y Acuña | Astudillo | Dela Cruz.
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