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Europe Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Coffee Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

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Market Insights

RTD coffee is a recently developed concept wherein the beverage is sold in a convenient, directly consumable form. The importance of these products, against the backdrop of modern-day lifestyle, can be understood in their market valuations, which often run into billions of dollars. The European RTD coffee market was valued at USD 1.67 billion in 2017 and is expected to register a CAGR of 2.5%, during the forecast period, (2018-2023).

Market Dynamics

The instant nature and convenience offered by RTD coffee are important drivers. The nature of the product makes it a highly trend-driven market, and as such a certain element of innovation is constantly in demand. Regarding the major access points, iced products with longer shelf life provide major opportunities, along with liquid coffee concentrates and frozen concentrates. The latter holds importance for bulk buyers, such as restaurants and offices. The major constraint for the European RTD coffee market is in adapting to regional tastes and preferences. Specific regions, where consumers are habituated to hot or freshly ground coffee, take a considerable time and reluctance in adapting to the new tastes. Extensive marketing and use of locally sourced products are essential in countering this perception.

Market Segmentation

Europe RTD Coffee market is segmented based on ingredient type, packaging mode, sales channels, and geography. Convenience stores, supermarkets, and mass sellers are the major sales and distribution networks. Considering the volume dependent nature of the market, availability of the products is a major market determinant. This factor is further amplified in the case of emerging countries, which lack a fully developed distribution network. The supermarket shelves and vending machines gain prominence in this regard. Both these access points make soft drink manufacturers, the ideal distribution partners, and dominant market players. This phenomenon can be clearly observed in the long-standing partnership between PepsiCo and Starbucks. Despite the portfolio strength of Starbucks, the distribution network offered by Pepsi is crucial for an adequate market penetration. This distribution related facet of the industry offers a significant challenge to new and small players in the European RTD coffee market.

Regional Analysis

Based on geography, Germany occupies the leading position followed by Italy, France, Spain, and UK. The region is expected to witness moderate to high growth rate over the forecast period.

                               

Key Developments

  • February 2018 – Cargill’s North American Food Ingredients & Bio-Industrial division announced that it has signed a long-term strategic agreement with international ingredients distributor Univar. The deal includes an ingredients distribution agreement, which will allow Cargill’s ingredients arm to expand the distribution 
  • January 2018 - Coca-Cola-backed brand-incubation company L.A. Libations took a big step into the cold brew space, engaging in a strategic partnership with Southern California-based KonaRed Corporation

Competitive Landscape

Major Players - Ajinomoto General Foods Inc., Asahi Group Holdings Ltd., Cargill, Coco-Cola Company, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Dunkin' Brands Group, Ferolito Vultaggio & Sons, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Japan Tobacco Inc., Lotte Chilsung Beverage Co., Monster Beverage Co., Pepsico Inc, Pokka Group, San Benedetto, Starbucks Corporation, among others.

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