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Pepsi had begun to outsell Coke in supermarkets; Coke maintained its edge only through soda vending machines and fountain sales in fast food restaurants, concessions, and sports venues where Coca-Cola had purchased "pouring rights". Growth in the full-calorie segment would have to come from younger drinkers, who at that time favored Pepsi by even more overwhelming margins than the market as a whole.
This trend further eroded Coca-Cola's market share. The effort, Project Kansas, took its name from a photo of Kansas journalist William Allen White drinking a Coke; the image had been used extensively in Coca-Cola advertising and hung on several executives' walls.
Asked if they would buy and drink the product if it were Coca-Cola, most testers said they would, although it would take some getting used to. Their presence in focus groups tended to negatively skew results as they exerted indirect peer pressure on other participants.
But the focus groups had provided a clue as to how the change would play out in a public context, a data point the company downplayed but which proved important later.
The company's bottlers were already complaining about absorbing other recent additions into the product line since Diet Coke in ; Cherry Coke was launched nationally nearly concurrently with New Coke during Many of them had sued over the company's syrup pricing policies.
A new variety of Coke in competition with the main variety could also have cannibalized Coke's sales and increased the proportion of Pepsi drinkers relative to Coke drinkers. Early in his career with Coca-Cola, Goizueta had been in charge of the company's Bahamian subsidiary. In that capacity, he had improved sales by tweaking the drink's flavor slightly, so he was receptive to the idea that changes to the taste of Coke could lead to increased profits.
He believed it would be "New Coke or no Coke", : He insisted that the containers carry the "New! He claimed he had secured Woodruff's blessing for the reformulation, but even many of Goizueta's closest friends within the company doubt that Woodruff understood Goizueta's intentions.
Production of the original formulation ended later that week. In many areas, New Coke was initially introduced in "old" Coke packaging; bottlers used up remaining cans, cartons and labels before new packaging was widely available. Old cans containing New Coke were identified by their gold colored tops, while glass and plastic bottles had red caps instead of silver and white, respectively.
Reporters had already been fed questions by Pepsi,  which was worried that New Coke would erase its gains.
Goizueta, Coca-Cola's CEO, described the new flavor as "bolder", "rounder", and "more harmonious", : As far back asCoca-Cola sought kosher certification from an Atlanta rabbi and made two changes to the formula so the drink could be considered kosher as well as halal and vegetarian.
And I didn't assume that this is a success. This is a success. As soon as New Coke was introduced, the new formula was available at McDonald's and other drink fountains in the United States.
Sales figures from those cities, and other areas where it had been introduced, showed a reaction that went as the market research had predicted.
Surveys indicated that a majority liked the new flavoring. Backlash[ edit ] Despite New Coke's acceptance with a large number of Coca-Cola drinkers, many more resented the change in formula and were not shy about making that known — just as had happened in the focus groups.New Coke was the unofficial popular name for the reformulation of Coca-Cola introduced in the spring of by The Coca-Cola Company to replace the original formula of its flagship soft drink, Coca-Cola (also called Coke).Distributor: Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Introduction: The below essay is about Coca-Cola company which is a beverage manufacturer established in the year The company's primary product is Coca cola which was invented in the year and was first bottled in The focus of this essay will be on developing a marketing strategy for Classic Coca-Cola or Coke for first half of.
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