What are the strategically relevant components of the global and U.S. beverage industry macro-environment? How do the economic characteristics of the alternative beverage segment of the industry differ from that of other beverage categories? Explain.
The strategically relevant components of the global and U.S. beverage industry is the fact that the companies such as Pepsi Co, and Coco Cola rely on the sales of the alternative beverages in a mature market to continue sustaining a volume of growth while sales of the carbonated beverages is decline.
The alternative beverage industry is also strategizing to expand the international market through the use of product innovation with new product lines being offered as well as increasing the flavor offerings in the vitamin enriched beverage segment. While working to increase the size of the market as well as the market share held for the alternative beverage market companies strive to increase the number of products being offered while constantly facing criticism over the health risks involved with consuming both energy drinks and calming beverages.
The alternative beverage market relies on charging premium prices for their products while in turn produces a higher profit margin. This strategy is increasingly important to the produces as the carbonated beverage market has faced consistent decline as consumers become more conscious of the food and beverages they are consuming.
What is competition like in the alternative beverage industry? Which of the five competitive forces is strongest? Which is weakest? What competitive forces seem to have the greatest effect on industry attractiveness and the potential profitability of new entrants?