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.
What is competition like in the alternative beverage industry? Which of the fi ve competitive forces
is strongest? Which is weakest? What competitive forces seem to have the greatest effect on industry
attractiveness and the potential profi tability of new entrants?
How is the market for energy drinks, sports drinks and vitamin-enhanced beverages changing? What are
the underlying drivers of change and how might those forces individually or collectively make the industry
more or less attractive?
What does your strategic group map of the energy drink, sports drink, and vitamin-enhanced beverage
industry look like? Which strategic groups do you think are in the best positions? The worst positions?
5. What key factors determine the success of alternative beverage producers?
6. What recommendations would you make to Coca-Cola to improve its competitiveness in the global
alternative beverage industry? to PepsiCo? to Red Bull GmbH?
Competition in Energy Drinks,
Sports Drinks and