Marketing Brands Big and Small
"While it boasts the world's most valuable brand—and Coke has certainly been a success story with 3 percent volume growth worldwide—it also has a stable of smaller upstarts, and we've been impressed by how deftly it meets the marketing challenges of brands both big and small," Ad Age editor Abbey Klaassen says.
"Its advertising is consistently good," she continues, "but the bigger marketing story is one of innovation at food service with Freestyle machines; with package design on brands such as Diet Coke; and in product development, such as Minute Maid Pulpy, its first billion-dollar brand launched in an emerging market. That we're awarding this honor the year
Ad Age cited several additional 2011 milestones for the Company, including Diet Coke bypassing Pepsi to become the No. 2 sparkling beverage brand in the United States; Del Valle and Minute Maid Pulpy joining the Company’s growing roster of billion-dollar brands;
"All of these efforts are examples of the way the company is coalescing around management's 2020 Vision, which involves doubling system revenue and more than doubling servings to some 3 billion per day," Ad Age reporter Natalie Zmuda writes.
A Resourceful Team
In an interview with Ad Age, Joe Tripodi, Coca-Cola’s chief marketing and commercial officer, credited the global community of more than 4,000 marketers and commercial leaders at The
"Because of the scale and size of
This year marks the 40th year that Ad Age has recognized a marketer of the year. The publication began singling out a marketer in 1971, when the award was known as Adman of the Year. Ad Age broadened its focus in 1993 and began recognizing companies, always with an emphasis on the marketing minds behind the world's biggest ideas, innovations and successes.
Coca-Cola was first recognized by the publication in 1974, when President Donald Keough was named Adman of the Year. Chairman and CEO Roberto Goizueta was honored in 1986.
Other Recent Awards
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- Black Enterprise Magazine Selects
Coca-Colafor Its Best Companies for Diversity List Coca-ColaWins IWA Award for Innovative Water Recovery System Coca-ColaEarns High Marks for Hispanic Inclusion Coca-ColaEarns a Perfect Rating for HRC's Corporate Equality Index
- Coca-Cola Named Among World's Best Multinational Companies to Work for
- Fortune Recognizes Muhtar Kent Among Year's Top Business Leaders
More on Journey
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- Statement on Speculation Regarding Coca-Cola’s Interest in CBD Beverages
- Statement from Muhtar Kent on President Obama’s Trip to Africa
James Quincey to Succeed Muhtar Kent as Chairman of The
Coca-ColaCompany Statement on Marriage Equality