Soft drink, energy dollar sales climb.
All channel dollar sales for the total snack and non-alcoholic beverage categories during the four-week period ending May 19, 2018 were up a strong +4.7% (vs. +2.5% for 12-weeks), according to Wells Fargo Securities, quoting Nielsen data.
Carbonated soft drinks (CSD) (ex-Energy) saw some performance recovery thanks to strength in Coca-Cola—up 5% for the four weeks (+1.3% for 12-weeks; +0.6% for 52-weeks)—and Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS)—up +4.3% for the four week period (+2.1% for 12-weeks; +1.5% for 52-weeks).
Total CSD (ex-Energy) dollar sales were up +3% (relatively flat for 12-weeks; -1.3% for 52-weeks) during the four-week period, driven by equal unit volume growth of +1.5%, supported by average equal price growth of +1.5%.
Energy category dollar sales growth (ex-Mutant) were up +7% (+4.9% for 12-weeks; +3.5% for 52-weeks) with help from Monster (MNST), which continues to outperform on Java. Red Bull sales were up +2.6% for the period and MNST energy sales (ex-Mutant) were up a strong +16.4%.
Salty snacks dollar sales increased +3.7% in the period (+3.4% for 12-weeks) on +1.6% equal unit growth and +2.1% equal unit pricing.
Total Beer-FMB (Flavored Malt Bevs)-Cider dollar sales in the four-week period were up +3.6% (+0.8% for 12-weeks; +0.4% for 52-weeks).